Spring is in the air here at LEGOLAND California Resort! In preparation for the season of renewal, the food & beverage staff members at LEGOLAND Hotel have been hard at work concocting some amazingly innovative new menu items to introduce to guests. After taste testing the new offerings I couldn’t be more excited to give you a sneak peak of the mouth-watering deliciousness to come! So without any further ado, I present to you: Chef Cheryl’s Top 5 LEGOLAND Hotel Spring Menu Offerings:

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What: Carnitas Tacos
Where: Skyline Café
Why: Carrying on the tradition of exciting California coastal cuisine, Skyline is introducing carnitas tacos to the menu for the Spring, which means both good news and bad news. The good news? Now guests will have the chance to savor in the flavors of mouth-wateringly tender shredded carnitas served on top of crispy, hand made tortilla chips, all garnished with crispy red cabbage. The bad news? How on earth are you going to choose between the new carnitas tacos, our ever-popular carne asada nachos, shrimp ceviche, and the abundance of other amazing choices on the Skyline menu? The solution: go family style and order one of each!

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What: Biryani Rice
Where: Bricks Family Restaurant (Dinner)
Why: If you’ve never had Biryani rice before you’ll be in for a mind-blowing surprise when you add this to your plate at Bricks Family Restaurant! Imagine savory, slightly crunchy rice tossed together with marinated chicken, diced carrots, peas, apples, then add in a bright burst of raisins with a hint of spice at the end and you’ll wonder where Biryani rice has been all your life! The recipe has been passed down to Bricks by members of the kitchen staff who were raised on this traditional Middle Eastern dish, so they take the importance of getting it just right seriously. With more than 15 ingredients including cinnamon, maize, nutmeg, and cumin, the amount of care that goes into this dish shines through in the final product.

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What: Peet’s Coffee
Where: Mini’s Lounge
Why: Because what better pairing could there be for that breakfast sandwich than a piping hot cup of Peet’s coffee? Whether you like your coffee bold and intense or you’re more of a sweet, flavored latte kind of person like me, you’ll find what you need among the selection of premium drip coffees, lattes, and cappuccinos that will be available at Mini’s. They’ll even have some awesome unique syrup offerings like blue cotton candy! Side note: as a Peet’s fan for years, I am seriously so excited about this one I think I’ve pretty much told every single person I’ve seen about this newest addition since I found out about it (“Have you heard Mini’s is going to start serving Peet’s coffee?!”). I guess you could say I consider it my chefly duty to spread the caffeinated joy. You’re welcome.

What: Chorizo & Pepper Jack Breakfast Sandwich
Where: Mini’s Lounge (look for the giant LEGO Pirate Ship)
Why: One of the most common questions we get is “Where can I get a quick grab & go breakfast before I head into LEGOLAND for the day?” Well dear guests, your wishes have been granted! Take one bite of the hearty, savory flavors of chorizo with perfectly melted pepper jack cheese sandwiched inside of a toasted ciabatta bun and not only will your taste buds wake up, they’ll be doing a happy dance all the way through the Hotel lobby! For those in search of a healthier option, Mini’s Lounge will also be offering an equally delicious egg white and spinach bagel sandwich. The best part? These guys will be made to order, so you’ll be handed a warm, wrapped sandwich hot off the presses to send you on your merry way as you embark on your morning Park adventures!

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What: Charcuterie Plate & Select Wine Pairings
Where: Skyline Café
Why: Another dish inspired by the upbringing of one of our own kitchen staff members, this charcuterie plate features pickled vegetables that hail from Executive Chef Dan’s southern roots. Now he’s bringing grandma’s method of pickling vegetables from hours (cauliflower, cucumbers) to days (mushrooms, carrots) to the menu at Skyline. The assorted selection of cured meats that accompany the veggies make for a perfectly composed appetizer plate ideal for sharing.
After a long day of running around LEGOLAND, parents will also enjoy unwinding over a glass of wine to go with their appetizer of choice. Skyline is expanding their wine selection with a progressive range of premium wine choices ranging from a smooth, velvety pinot noir to a bright chardonnay. Whatever your choice, you’ll be sure to walk away satiated, relaxed, and ready to take on another day of fun at LEGOLAND California Resort!

Whatever your plans for this season, don’t miss out on being the first to try these sensational new food offerings at LEGOLAND Hotel! Until next time, happy eating adventures!

-Chef Cheryl