It’s a beautiful spring day and you’re strolling the streets of Universal Studios Florida, Bloody Mary in hand (for those over 21 years of age… otherwise let’s call it a refreshing and non-alcoholic Cosmic Mangonada). The International Flavors of Carnaval are at your fingertips and your feet won’t fail you now. It’s Mardi Gras season, everybody!
Perhaps the best time at Universal Orlando Resort for a foodie, this festival delivers mouth-watering dishes of many origins — Cajun, Brazilian, Southeast Asian — year after year. So OF COURSE, we had to tackle it with our resident food connoisseurs, Nadia and Brandy.
I’ll let you in on a little behind-the-scenes secret: While this is the fourth episode of Dine and Ride we’ve published, it was the very first one we filmed all the way back in April 2022 at last year’s event. These two were pros right from the start, and we had such an amazing time taste testing and dancing to the ever-present jazzy beats.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
Nadia and Brandy explore the International Flavors of Carnaval on a tasty tour that culminates in a beignet-eating contest for the ages!
Here is everything you’ll see them review:
- Salchipapas Pizza Fries
- Chicken Coxinha*
- Chicken & Andouille Sausage Jambalaya*
- Crawfish & Shrimp Boil*
- Bloody Mary*
- Potato, Pea, & Carrot Samosas (plant-based)
- Vegetable Vindaloo (plant-based)
- Tomato Basil Arancini*
- Ube Ice Cream Bubble Waffle*
*Items returning in 2023!
It’s important to note that while you can get most of the above options this year, the full menu has been updated with even more exciting options! So you’ll definitely want to check it all out before your visit.
LET’S DIG IN
Watch as our hosts review the best of Mardi Gras.
What Universal Parks dishes do you want to see Nadia and Brandy try next? Tell us in the comments below!