Yippee!! The sun finally came out! Temperature-wise, a comfortable 24C, just perfect for our Day 1 adventure around Universal Studio.
With a planned itinerary, we designed it so that we will all arrive at the Harry Potter ride and attraction around lunch time.
Spending part of my life growing up and working in the UK, I decided to pick the "Leaky Caldron" for some supposedly good and authentic British pub food. And of course, to try out their world renown Butter Beer.
Our party of 4 had the following:
- Scotch Eggs
- Ploughman's Pie
- Fisherman's Pie
- Toad in the Hole
- Sticky Toffee Pudding and Potted Chocolate Cream
It has been a while since I last had a decent and authentic Scotch Egg. The Harry Potter version was unexpectedly good. Served with really hot English mustard and a delectable beet salad, it was a nice first impression to 'theme park food'! The Pies were a tale of two cities. The Ploughman, with an ample of juicy delicious minced meat filling and topped with nicely pureed potatoes was very good. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the Fisherman, since the filling was unpleasantly dry. The Toad-in-the-Hole, with its peas and grilled tomatoes sides, brought back fond memory of the canteen food I had in my Welsh Grammar school days! Desserts were decent but a touch overly sweet. Of course, a special mention has to be made to the Butter Beer. My kids just loved it, trying to create mustaches with every drink. However, I found it way too sweet especially after it had warmed up.
On my daughter's request and allowing her to re-create her memorable experience at Vegas, we had seafood boil at " Hot n' Juicy ".
How she enjoyed these over cooked, over-spicy and over salty seafood really puzzled me. True, with a mixture of Cajun spices, butter, garlic, lemon and pepper, the overall taste profile was very flavorful and complex. However, I found our requested 'mild' spice level still fiery hot and then the SALTINESS, Wow! It was just way too excessive! I am sure my blood pressure went up a few notches after the meal!
Anyways, here are what we ordered:
- Half dozen oysters for yours truly
- 6 pounds of Crawfish ( unfortunately frozen and not fresh on our day ), Gulf Shrimp, Clams and Snow Crab, all served in double-bagged plastic bags.
For seasoning, we picked the house special Hot n'Juicy and for spice level, the mild version.
To me and my wife, this meal was a disaster of extremeness. However, the main thing was that both my kids enjoyed the food and experience. On a family vacation, IMO, that is all that matters!