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?
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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

Giordano's

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

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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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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches New Girl knows about True American. This crazy, non-sense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in Season 1 Episode 20.

The game, as described by New Girl character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game number one: the player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game number two: the player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game number three: the player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."



Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your New Girl-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly and enjoy!

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We All Love Chick-Fil-A, But Not Just For Their Heavenly Nuggets

It's hard to find anything wrong with Chick-Fil-A; their great customer service, nice and clean restaurants, delicious sauces, golden fries, crunchy nuggets, and fresh sweet tea combine together for a fast, cheap, and perfect meal.

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Whenever I am on the road going somewhere and need some food quickly, there is only ever one place that comes to mind- Chick-Fil-A.

I think every soccer mom out there would agree with that statement because the drive-through is constantly flooded with minivans, but they aren't really far above the average fast food meal. Every girl in high school and college goes crazy over some CFA chicken and fries. But let's be honest, Wendy's is pretty good, too. On a good day, their nuggets can be just as delicious. Chick-Fil-A is just the most consistent, friendly, and clean place to go- they don't make many mistakes.

There is nothing more annoying than thinking about going to Chick-Fil-A, then realizing it is Sunday.

I always order the same thing- an eight-piece nugget meal with CFA sauce. It never disappoints- what you expect is what you will get. The employees are always so friendly, it almost feels like you know them. The lines tend to be so long, especially during lunch and dinner times, but it can be faster than places with shorter lines. Even though this is great and all, it is still annoying that Chick-Fil-A has to be closed on the day that a lot of us are craving it.

I am a huge CFA fan, but when Wendy's or Taco Bell get the order right, sometimes I'll choose those places instead.

On their best day, Wendy's has some great burgers, chicken nuggets, and even fries for a fast food place. To be honest, I used to be a Taco Bell hater, but I can't lie and say they don't have some good tacos and grillers. They certainly have a bigger variety of food than Chick-Fil-A does. The question here is, why do we obsess over Chick-Fil-A and get sad on Sundays when there are so many other choices?

Chick-Fil-A has good food- but not anything to be drooling over.

There is nothing to really complain about, though. It is the combination of everything that makes it so great. Their chicken and fries pair perfectly with Chick-Fil-A sauce, the friendly and clean atmosphere makes it feel homely, and the fast service and consistency makes it a lot less of a hassle to go to. Half the times that I go somewhere else, there is food missing, I don't have a straw, the employees didn't give me sauce, they were rude, it was dirty inside, and the list goes on. McDonald's is even known for having a broken ice cream machine. Chick-Fil-A is kid-friendly for all the families and something everyone can agree on. Chick-Fil-A is definitely the safe choice to pick. People care a lot about consistency and fast service, and it is very hard to get that anywhere else- unless it is just consistently bad food.

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