Top 3 Things You Should Be Eating at Universal Orlando This Week (March 13th, 2022)

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Universal Orlando crowd levels should be high this week. This week, the local area in Florida has spring break. If you venture to the parks, I suggest bringing your patience. Of course, enjoying the Mardi Gras food works no matter how busy the parks may be. As you might imagine, I have three suggestions. In fairness, this week two of my suggestions look very similar to each other.

First, we start with a food item becoming a staple at Universal Orlando. The Nashville Hot Mac and Cheese.

This bowl of creamy goodness costs $10.99 before any discounts. The concept of mac and cheese bowls appeared at other previous seasonal food events at Universal Orlando. The reviews of these bowls have been good. I was not a fan of previous incarnation of this dish. However, based on how often I mention it in articles lately, you can see my perspective has changed for the Mardi gras version.

The Mardi Gras version rates as an improvement to me over the holiday version. The “spice” level can be seen as intense by many guests. The chicken portion size raises the level of this mac and cheese bowl. Also, you can order this with a less spicy sauce. For a full review, click here.

At this point, I will be stretching the parameters of the “Top 3.” I will be using two similar items found commonly in the Tribute Store (and other bakery cases). One of the themes of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras this year is “Planet Mardi Gras.” Parade floats and food tents match this theming. As a result, Universal chefs designed some “Planet Mardi Gras Trifle Cakes.” Each one costs $10. As the name indicates, these are trifle cakes by design. The trifle cake exists as a staple of Universal Orlando seasonal treats.

Guests may order a “Blue Planet” one. This cake features a solid chocolate dome on top. The chocolate will start melting in the Florida sunshine so prepare with some napkins. This blue planet cake showcases a snickerdoodle flavor. The quantity of frosting reaches decadent level. As a result, the potential mess factor rates high. The presentation looks great with Mardi Gras colors of course. If you like snickerdoodle and especially cinnamon, then this cake deserves a look. I found this cake sweeter than I initially expected though.

If blue planet cake makes my second suggestion, then the “Purple Planet” cake makes an excellent third suggestion for this week. This trifle cake looks like the blue one in structure. However, the flavors vary dramatically. The purple cake tastes like chocolate pecan with a bourbon flavor added. This cake shows potential for a mess also. I preferred the snickerdoodle flavor in the other trifle cake. Still, most guests I spoke with preferred this flavor. For full disclaimer, I dislike the flavor of bourbon which might explains my preference.

Thanks again for coming along on this culinary journey. I look forward to seeing you again next week as we explore the “Top 3” things you should be eating at Universal Orlando. As always, eat like you mean it!


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