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Foodie Friday: Roasted Pork Shank at Gaston's Tavern

Foodie Friday at Focused on the Magic

Today is Foodie Friday at Focused on the Magic and I have a special treat for you. I would like to introduce to you our special Guest Blogger, Aunesty Janssen, a fellow Disney Blogger and Authorized Disney Vacation Planner at Temporary Tourist Travel.  Aunesty is sharing her family traditions and thoughts on the Walt Disney World Turkey Leg and the Roasted Pork Shank at Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland.

I was an absolute addict to Walt Disney World's Turkey Leg. Since 2004, it was one of the things I looked forward to most for each trip. Even my children included them as part of their must dos at Walt Disney World.
There was a tradition with these turkey legs, you see we would head over to Hollywood Studios ride TOT and RR, then walk over to the marketplace and grab two turkey legs for us to share. We never could finish a whole one. Over the years, we started purchasing them at Epcot and Magic Kingdom as well.
Well, when we moved to Kissimmee to make our daily Disney dream come true, one of the very first things we did was to go get a turkey leg. My husband had even been talking about it since we decided we were going to make the move. So with a Bud light in one hand and a Turkey Leg in another, we snapped a photo during our first days of living here.

From August to December, those turkey legs were a part of our new magical life. We had one about every other week, and if there was any extra we would put it in a baggie and bring it home for later. But all that changed in November 2012.
We were thrilled to be amongst the first visitors to Magic Kingdoms New Fantasyland. During our very first visit, a dress rehearsal soft opening, we made our first trip to Gaston's Tavern.

Upon walking in, we knew we wanted to try a selection of the goodies they had. But in particular one thing caught our eye, the Roasted Pork Shank. As my husband is a proud meat eating Nebraskan, he was all for taking the plunge and trying this new offering.

When they handed us our order, a chocolate croissant, cinnamon roll, LaFou's Brew in a souvenir cup, and our Roasted Pork Shank, we were surprised at the size of each item. But the Pork Shank, wrapped in waxed paper, oozing juice and grease, with it's peppered skin, looked mouth wateringly good. I had a hard time letting Patrick have the first taste. 

With my first mouthful I knew that Turkey leg was being replaced. Never have I had such a tender piece of pork. It literally just falls apart, and is so moist and seasoned nicely.
Since my first tasting of the Roasted Pork Shank at Gaston's Tavern, I have not had a single turkey leg. I get cravings for this wonderful piece of meat, not to only eat at the park, but I also purchase a couple to bring home and serve with rice pilaf, green beans and a roll. Yes, one of the luxuries of living 2 miles outside of the parks.

Just in case you were wondering, at the time of writing this article, the cost for a Roasted Pork Shank with tax is $9.46.


About Aunesty (Temporary Tourist travel)

Aunesty and her family moved from Omaha, NE to Kissimmee, FL so they could pursue their dream of doing Disney Daily. She photo blogs their daily adventures and enjoys finding hidden secrets of Walt Disney World. You can follow their adventures on their site, Temporary Tourist Travel or on their Facebook page, Temporary Tourist where they post pictures daily.               
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