Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Disneyland Food

There are all the cliche Disneyland foods that people love:
Churros, Turkey Legs, Gumbo, Fried Chicken from the Plaza, Corn Dogs from Coke Corner, and Pineapple Dole Whip. (we even went around the room and talked about how favorite foods in one of our orientations and the things mentioned above were all that people talked about.)

So I went on a mission to eat new things at Disneyland.  I wasn't as successful as I had hoped but I did try some new things I am excited to share.

1. The Village Haus in Fantasyland.  I had two things that were killer.

BLT Flatbread Pizza - Thin Flatbread Crust, Cherry Wood-smoked Bacon, Mozzarella Cheese, Caramelized Onions, and Marinated Tomatoes topped with Arugula and Shaved Fennel

Apple and Cheddar Salad - Blend of Red and Green Apples, Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Greens, Craisins® Dried Cranberries, Golden Raisins, and Candied Walnuts with Honey-Yogurt Dressing

2. Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country.
On one of my many Disneyland tours they told us to send gusts to the Hungry Bear if they are looking for healthier meals.  So I went to check that out.  I had previously eaten the crispy chicken sandwich and the turkey provolone so I decided to try something completely different, and it was delicious!

Fried Green Tomato Sandwich - Cornmeal-crusted Fried Green Tomatoes layered with two slices of fresh Heirloom Tomatoes topped with Havarti, Rémoulade, Jicama-Mango Slaw and served on a Multi-Grain Roll

3. Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square
I hadn't been to this restaurant in 15 years.  I had heard the food was not that great especially for the price.  I figured it was time to check it out again since we had our discount.  I was blown away by the food.  It was way better than I expected.  Possibly the best salmon I've ever had....

Pregame - delicious sour dough rolls and rosemary bread and an unreal salad.
 I figured this was the time to try the Mint Julip.  Honestly........... not my favorite.  But who knows, I might be weird.

Pan-seared Blackened Salmon - Cajun-spiced, served with Herb Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Tomato-Caper Relish, and Basil Beurre Blanc with Blue Bayou House Salad
My friend got:
Le Special de Monte Cristo Sandwich - Turkey, Ham, and Swiss, battered and fried to golden brown, served with a Fruit Skewer with a Blue Bayou House Salad.
The monte cristo is practically the same as the one in Cafe Orleans except the fruit skewer with crazy different fruits like goose berries! and more delicious dipping sauces particularly the vanilla cream... yum.....

The rest I've had many times before but I had throw them in again because I don't think they get the credit they deserve at Disneyland.

4. Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland.
Outback Vegetable Skewer - skewered fresh Vegetables
Banyan Beef Skewer - hot and spicy

5. Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Cafe (Still probably my favorite)

Hands down the best $10 soup ever.
French Onion Soup - Sautéed Onion Medley in traditional Broth with Crostini and Melted Gruyère

And of course....... Clam Chowder Bread Bowl and of course the pretzels.....

And now I am starving.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Yosemite: my new favorite National Park....shhhh.

Yes, it's what I said.  A girl who grew up the majority of my life within 45 minutes of two major national parks, Yellowstone and Zion.  But I have decide that Yosemite might just be my favorite.  Franci and her family are living outside Yosemite for the summer so Jason and I couldn't wait to go visit them and check out Yosemite again.
Jason knew he wanted to rock climb.  He just didn't know where.... so we decided to visit Yosemite Falls.
 It was beautiful!

Then we spotted some climbers.... in possibly the coolest climbing place I have ever seen.  Right at the base of the lower falls.

We went to lunch at The Ahwahnee

And then we spent a lot of time lusting after Jason's favorite cliff.... El Capitan.

Yosemite, I sure love you.


This was the last weekend Jason and I have in California this summer and so I figured it was time to do something we would usually not do.  So we headed out from Long Beach on the Catalina Express to Avalon!

 The ride out was fun but it was even more exciting when we finally saw Avalon in the distance.

Originally our plan was to camp on the island.  I thought it sounded like a fun place to camp but when we went to make our reservations we found out you had to make a reservation for at least 2 nights and so our camping would cost $98 and so luckily somehow Jason found a super cheap hotel in Avalon.  They would even give us a $10 discount if we brought our own towels!  So our room was only $85!  

 Our hotel wasn't much but the view was spectacular!

After a yummy sandwich shop we walked around Avalon.  I had no idea Avalon was such a fun little beach vacation community.  Although I don't think I would really recommend it to visitors from around the world, it is a perfect little get away for Southern Californians looking for a little break.  

 After a walk around the town we had probably my most delicious caprese salad at a restaurant right on the water.  (Almost everything was right on the water)
 Jason had some yummy calamari to go with.
 The view of the sunset from our hotel room.
 The next morning I woke up just in time to see the sun rising over the ocean.  Something that you can't see anywhere else on the West Coast.
But then I went back to sleep.......... and woke up a few hours later.  I decided that I needed to go for a run.  I had no idea where I was running but ended up running straight up hell oops I mean hill, but it was awful.  I was wondering why in the world I was doing this to myself until I got to the top and came around the bend to this...
 I ran by the old Wrigley's Mansion now turned hotel.
And then all of the sudden I felt like I was in Greece.

 After a trolley ride around the city we went out to the Dive Park for a real experience of snorkeling.  Now I must say.... since the incident of the summer of 2003 when a Huntington Beach Life Guard had to rescue me from the ocean I have been terrified of the ocean.  I even spent a good amount of time researching the number of shark attacks/fatalities before I dared get into the water.  (FYI there have only been 14 fatalities by sharks on the west coast since 1900) so I figured my odds were pretty good and I went into the ocean.

It was scary at first but when I stopped hyperventilating and actually stuck my head in the water I entered a beautiful magical wonderland of gorgeous fishies everywhere!

Here is an example of what it looked like.... the brilliant orange fish were beautiful.  There were some stripped fish and purple fish too but Jason's GoPro didn't work. :(

After our under the sea adventure we headed back to town for the most delicious pina colada and Mexican food before we headed back.  It was a perfect little weekend excursion.