Tasty treats from the Pineapple Promenade at the 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in Orlando, Florida

Here’s a look at some pineapple themed treats from the Pineapple Promenade at the 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. The pineapple sriracha hot dog was A M A Z I N G. 😍 My only complaint would be the price for what seemed to be only a 1/4 of a hot dog.  The pineapple dog was a new addition to the menu this year, which I hope they bring back for future events. It was an all beef spicy frank topped with a pineapple slaw and drizzled with a creamy sriracha. It definitely has a bit of a kick to it, but it’s quite delicious. At the promenade, they also sell a violet lemonade, which at first glance may seem out-of-place since it is not necessarily pineapple themed. I first tried this frozen treat last year and was curious as to what it would taste like since I had never tried anything that was “violet flavored” before.  I actually really enjoyed it. It’s hard to describe the flavor but I can tell you it is quite refreshing and pairs nicely with the spicy flavors of the pineapple dog. Another new addition to the menu this year was the sparkling pineapple wine. While the name of the wine enticed me, the flavor was a bit disappointing. I probably should have thought twice before ordering this since I’m not a big fan of wine. Maybe it’s just me, but this wine tasted like a semi-dry champagne with no real hint of pineapple. Perhaps this is considered a delicacy among wine connoisseurs, but I probably won’t be running out any time soon to purchase a bottle. I think I was expecting more of a sweeter flavor that you would get with a Riesling, and perhaps I cut the flavor by pairing it with the hot dog, but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the other items. Overall, my experience with the treats at the Pineapple Promenade was good and I’m looking forward to the pineapple dog for next year. Or maybe I’ll just try to recreate it if I can’t wait and will let you know how it goes. Oh, and who can forget about the Dole Whips! They even sell them spiked with rum during the festival. Make sure to add those to your list for next year. 😉

Pineapple baby

Baby Pineapple!


Pineapple Dog – Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Sriracha Mayo, $4


Frozen Desert Violet Lemonade (non-alcoholic), $3


Sparkling Pineapple Wine – Florida Orange Groves Winery, St. Petersburg, FL, $6.25

Dole whip

Dole Whip – Pineapple soft-serve, $4.25

Check out my previous Disney World Post for all of my sweet frozen adventures around the parks!  🙂

New York Sweet Treats

Who doesn’t love sweets? If your answer is no, then this post is not for you. 😉

When traveling, one of my favorite things to do is to find the best local bakeries, sweet shops, chocolatiers, candy stores, ice cream shops, you name it. Sweets and baked goods are easy to transport, generally maintain a good shelf life, and are rather inexpensive when compared to the $10 t-shirt that’s probably going to end up as a rag one day. Sweets are an experience with nothing but good memories attached. So if you have a sweet tooth like me, here’s a list of some sweet places I discovered in NYC. Enjoy!


‘Frrrozen’ Hot Chocolate


225 E 60th ST, New York, NY 10022

Their famous sweet treat is the ‘Frrrozen’ Hot Chocolate.  It’s super sweet and very true to it’s name.  Definitely big enough to share.


Grand Central Terminal – 107 E 42nd St, New York, NY

Everyone raves about their Banana Pudding, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to try it.  I was able to try their cupcakes on the other hand and they are delicious! The frosting is light and airy with just a hint of sweet and the cake moist and flavorful. Perfect combination.

Mariebelle fine chocolates & CACAO BAR

484 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Their flagship location is in Manhattan, but they also have multiple locations in Japan.  I would recommend visiting this chocolate shop just for the Cacao Bar.  The Cacao Bar is located in the back of the shop and has a quaint sexy French vibe.

ButterCup Bake Shop

973 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Their cupcake signature frosting style looks like an outward inward motion, which sounds weird, but it works for them.  As far as taste, the baked goods are subtly sweet and not overwhelming rich, which is definitely a plus because you don’t feel as guilty for over indulging.


95 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Italian family-owned bake shop.  They are famous for their cream filled pastries, ‘Cannolis and Lobster Tails’.  Their cookies have a subtle sweet almond taste which you’ll only find in Italian pastries.  Yes, I watch their show on TLC.  Yes, I am a bit obsessed.  They have a New York location, but the original New Jersey location is worth the trek.  About a twenty minute PATH train ride from Herald Square @ 33rd Street, exit Hoboken.