Universal’s 2022 Mardi Gras

Since I had such a great experience at last year’s Mardi Gras event, I wanted to make sure that I got to go before this year’s foodie event came to a close. I may not have dressed as Fleur Delacour this time around, but I did make myself a shirt with the French witch/quarter-Veela on it.

The weather was perfect for walking around and eating (a lot). Good thing is, I worked it off with all the walking I did. Plus, it was totally worth it – the food was delicious. Read below for more on what I ate/drank!

What I ate/drank at Universal’s Mardi Gras:

Bloody Mary

9/10

Universal makes some awesome Bloody Marys. SO good that I went back the day after just to get a Bloody Mary to drink with my Traditional English breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron. FYI, the spicy version is not spicy at all. They have a mild version if you are truly against ordering the spicy one.

Vegan Samosas & Gaea Smash

7/10

The crispy vegan samosas are filled with potato, carrot, and peas and are served with a green chutney. I thought these were really good. My favorite part was the green chutney sauce. To drink, I had the Gaea Smash (New Amsterdam Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, sparkling mineral water, and fresh purple opal basil). I did not really care for the drink, but the name drew me in (hello, Percy Jackson fan).

Patatas Bravas

10/10

These were an excellent bang for your buck! The potatoes were crispy, and the sauce was incredible. The plate was also so cute and a great touch👌.

Muffuletta

10/10

The Muffuletta (mortadella, salami, ham, mozzarella and provolone cheese, olive relish on a toasted sesame seed bun) is also a great bang for your buck. This sandwich is satisfying and mouthwatering (I really could go for one right about now).

Cape Guayaba Cocktail

8/10

This was actually better than expected. It was sweet and refreshing! The drink contained New Amsterdam Vodka, guava and lime juice, agave nectar, and fresh mint.

Nashville Hot Chicken Mac & Cheese

9/10

This really hit the spot! The chicken and mac and cheese were oh so satisfying. The Bloody Marys may not have been spicy, but THIS SAUCE was 🥵 – I loved it, though.

Tomato Basil Arancini 

9/10

These fried risotto balls filled with tomato basil mascarpone with a arrabiata sauce were one of my favorites last year. This year, I still loved them.

Beignets

9/10

I was so excited to have the Beignets! I loved them last time around, and I loved them again this year – I mean look at my face!

Alright, that is everything I devoured. There were still some things I wish I got to try.

Until next time,

Caylin

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