6 Incredible And Instagram Worthy Foods In California Adventure's New Pixar Pier You Need To Try

6 Incredible And Instagram Worthy Foods In California Adventure's New Pixar Pier You Need To Try

Get your stomach and your cameras ready, because you won't want to miss these!


On June 23rd, 2018, Disney's California Adventure released the magical and adorable NEW Pixar Pier. This pier was a rethemeing of the already popular Paradise Pier which featured hot rides such as Mickey's Fun Wheel and California Screaming. After a temporary close for renovations earlier this year, Pixar Pier is fresh, new and ready for you to enjoy.

All of the rides (with the exception of one coming soon with no release date yet) are simply rethemed to match the aesthetic of the pier and tug at the nostalgia of your Pixar induced childhood, but one thing that is completely brand spanking new are the food options. Disneyland and California Adventure have the reputation of delicious and Instagram worthy foods so Pixar Pier had to live up to the established and adored standard.

I visited the park opening week and I can tell you, Pixar Pier is an Instagram foodie's dreamland. Disney and food lovers unite, because you won't want to miss these sweet and savory treats!

1. Poultry Palace: Chicken Drumstick Box



This is not your basic happy meal, kids. Poultry Palace, inspired by the Toy Story short film "Toy Story Toon: Small Fry", has your meal hot and ready for some fresh content and a tasty lunch on the go. This meal includes three seasoned chicken drumsticks and coleslaw. While the food tastes so good, the box is so cute. It's a win-win.

2. Jack Jack Cookie Num Nums: Jack Jack Cookie Num Num



These are Jack-Jack's favorite cookies for a reason. Crispy and chewy, plus totally cute under the new IncrediCoaster arch, as pictured above. PLUS, the cookie stand sells a variety of different milks such as strawberry, chocolate, soy and almond. (If you've never had a cookie with almond milk, you are missing out people. Missing out.)

3. Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats: It's Snow-Capped!



Goodbye Dole Whips. Hello Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats! This lemon flavored non-dairy soft serve, topped with white chocolate is the perfect treat under the California sun. Plus, you can't go wrong with how pretty it looks!

4. Angry Dogs: Angry Dog Served with "Hot Fries"



Spice up your feed and your taste buds! This "Inside Out" inspired spicy snack is ready to bring the fire back into your life. Choose to get a spicy hot dog or a regular hot dog. We won't judge no matter what. Plus, who doesn't love hot fries?

5. Lamplight Lounge: Carne Asada Sushi Roll



Cove Bar lovers, don't fret! The Lamplight Lounge will win you over in no time. Their unique flare and delicious menu will have you swooned. Carne Asada Sushi. Again. Carne Asada Sushi. Who does that? Disney does that. And they did it right.

6. Senor Buzz Churros: Caliente Churro



Disneyland is known for their churros. Keeping up the theme, Senor Buzz churros featured a Caliente Churro that tastes exactly like a red hot candy. It gives cinnamon a new name and can cause your reaction to turn into a memorable photo.

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I Visited The "Shameless" Houses And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Glamorizing a less-than-ideal way to live.

After five hours of driving, hearing the GPS say "Turn right onto South Homan Avenue" was a blessing. My eyes peeled to the side of the road, viciously looking for what I have been driving so long for, when finally, I see it: the house from Shameless.

Shameless is a hit TV show produced by Showtime. It takes place in modern-day Southside, Chicago. The plot, while straying at times, largely revolves around the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. While a majority of the show is filmed offsite in a studio in Los Angeles, many outside scenes are filmed in Southside and the houses of the Gallagher's and side-characters are very much based on real houses.

We walked down the street, stopped in front of the two houses, took pictures and admired seeing the house in real life. It was a surreal experience and I felt out-of-place like I didn't belong there. As we prepared to leave (and see other spots from the show), a man came strolling down on his bicycle and asked how we were doing.

"Great! How are you?"

It fell silent as the man stopped in front of the Gallagher house, opened the gate, parked his bike and entered his home. We left a donation on his front porch, got back to the car and took off.

As we took the drive to downtown Chicago, something didn't sit right with me. While it was exciting to have this experience, I began to feel a sense of guilt or wrongdoing. After discussing it with my friends, I came to a sudden realization: No one should visit the "Gallagher" house.

The plot largely revolves the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. It represents what Southside is like for so many residents. While TV shows always dramatize reality, I realized coming to this house was an exploitation of their conditions. It's entertaining to see Frank's shenanigans on TV, the emotional roller coasters characters endure and the outlandish things they have to do to survive. I didn't come here to help better their conditions, immerse myself in what their reality is or even for the donation I left: I came here for my entertainment.

Southside, Chicago is notoriously dangerous. The thefts, murders and other crimes committed on the show are not a far-fetched fantasy for many of the residents, it's a brutal reality. It's a scary way to live. Besides the Milkovich home, all the houses typically seen by tourists are occupied by homeowners. It's not a corporation or a small museum -- it's their actual property. I don't know how many visitors these homes get per day, week, month or year. Still, these homeowners have to see frequent visitors at any hour of the day, interfering with their lives. In my view, coming to their homes and taking pictures of them is a silent way of glamorizing the cycle of poverty. It's a silent way of saying we find joy in their almost unlivable conditions.

The conceit of the show is not the issue. TV shows have a way of romanticizing very negative things all the time. The issue at hand is that several visitors are privileged enough to live in a higher quality of life.

I myself experienced the desire and excitement to see the houses. I came for the experience but left with a lesson. I understand that tourism will continue to the homes of these individuals and I am aware that my grievances may not be shared with everyone -- however, I think it's important to take a step back and think about if this were your life. Would you want hundreds, potentially thousands, of people coming to your house? Would you want people to find entertainment in your lifestyle, good and bad?

I understand the experience, excitement, and fun the trip can be. While I recommend skipping the houses altogether and just head downtown, it's most important to remember to be respectful to those very individuals whose lives have been affected so deeply by Shameless.

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It's 2019, Let's Please Take The Unnecessary And Harmful Guilt Out Of Eating Food

Food is fuel and it doesn't have moral value.


"An apple didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize and a cookie didn't rob a bank. Food has no moral value."

This is something we like to say in Embody Carolina, a Campus Y committee, especially during our trainings, in which we help people learn how to be compassionate and effective allies to those struggling with eating disorders.

The thing is, you don't have to be struggling with a full-blown eating disorder to have thoughts or hear other people moralize food as "good" or "bad," and therein categorize themselves as "good" or "bad," depending on what they ate. These comments aren't helpful and can be hurtful, creating a sense of guilt that's not necessary for us simply listening to, feeding and fueling our bodies.

I find it interesting -- and more than that, upsetting -- that so much guilt and shame is placed on food: how much, how many calories, what food group, and other aspects of that nature. We need food to live; we need fat to live. "Calories" really just tell us how much energy something will give us, and our bodies were created to tell us what they want and create homeostasis within us. Andy Dwyer in Parks and Rec explains it best in this clip.

We shouldn't feel guilty or shameful about being full, overeating sometimes, getting a second serving, being more hungry than someone else, eating a cookie, or anything of that nature. We are human beings. Our bodies are different and need different kinds of amounts of food at different times. Nothing is wrong with this. No excuses like "I haven't eaten since x" or "I ran x miles today" are necessary.

By attributing moral value to food, we attribute it to ourselves, which is simply inaccurate. We are not good or bad people based on what we eat, and what we eat or how we look doesn't change who we are as a friend, sister, brother, student, athlete, or any other identity we identify with.

Further, attributing moral value to food can cause us to have an unhealthy relationship with food. For example, we may restrict our food intake, at which point, our body will compel us to binge. Or we may binge because, by eating a certain food, we've "blown it anyway and might as well." I think that sometimes we think that moralizing food and "acting accordingly" is helpful to our health, but it's actually detrimental, having the opposite effect than what we desire.

The next time you're out eating with friends or talking about food, I suggest talking about how good it tastes or what your favorite item on the menu is. More than that, I encourage you to listen to your cravings and talk to people about how they're doing, not what they or you are eating. Time spent with people should be about people, not the food. Food can rule our lives in a way that takes away from how great it can be, and I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

Once you put aside those conversations, you will be much happier and more content, believe me. Your body thanks you and so do I.

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