Ever since my brunch at Bruxie, Jeremy and I have been in a ongoing conversation about making our own Chicken and Waffles and we eventually settled on having a Southern Luau on Sunday afternoon. I spent the entire week purchasing a new waffle iron, researching recipes and testing out different recipes. Jeremy spent his time getting the fried chicken ready and we joined forces at his house to combine what we learned. I eventually setteled on the Belgium Waffle Recipe from The Kitchn. The only adjustments i made to the recipe was to add half of the sugar to the water before adding in the yeast, and adding a little Vanilla Extract to the batter as well. Every party needs to start out with some refreshment and there was plenty of white and red sangria to go around for eight adults. The eating was a progressive meal as we were making waffles and frying chicken on a constant cycle to get everything as fresh as possible. Jeremy’s chicken was golden and crispy and with a touch of Louisiana Hot Sauce was prefect. I also made some cole slaw and did make my own chicken sandwich. Nothing better with a touch of sweet, salty, sour, chewy, and crunch. Definitely a success on both of our parts. We eventually finished eating and had some left over batter, so we decided to dip some strawberries in the waffle batter and give them a little bath in the frying oil. Actually tasted pretty good, since its basically like funnel cake.
Saturday we redeemed the second day of our Southern California ticket and visited Disney’s California Adventures. With the Rock Your Disney Side: 24-Hours happening the day/night/morning before i planned that a lot of the Disney fanatics wouldn’t be there Saturday.
We arrived at rope drop and made our way through Starbucks (who accepts the Starbucks gift cards) and picked up a Fast Pass for Radiator Springs Racers for a reasonable time of 11:50am. My mom insisted that we still take advantage of the short single rider line and go on the ride anyways.
Next it was time to have some fun with Alice where we took her to a Bugs Land and went on Flick’s Flyer which was like Dumbo but seriously gets everyone dizzy. Then we went on the Monsters Inc. ride which was her first dark ride and she was holding on pretty tight to Grandma but didn’t cry.
I was really wanted to try some things that i’ve never done before so we went to The Disney Animation Building and learned how to draw Tigger, and do Turtle Talk with Crush. The rest of the day was spent roaming around the park, eating lunch at Taste Pilots’ Grill, and we finished up the day watching the Pixar Parade. It was a fun day, and it was nice to get out of there before nightfall.
Tuesday night i kissed Alice good night and headed out to celebrate Nelson’s 40th birthday. We all met up at BO-beau in Downtown Long Beach. I don’t even remember the last time i was out on a Tuesday night, but it was fun to get together to have some drinks and celebrate such a big event.
I had dinner at home already so i didn’t try any of the French fare, but enjoyed a couple nice glasses of Hangar One Vodka Tonics. We enjoyed some cupcakes and some complimentary champagne which i thought was the end of the night, but we finished up the night on the rooftop bar.
There was a ping pong table where we played some multi-ball doubles. Alcohol, dim lighting, and multiple balls really make for a lack of coordination.
By 11pm it was time for the parents of the group to wrap it up and head home.
Sunday morning we drove out to Old Towne Orange to meet up with Jen, Andy, and Leilani for brunch at Bruxie, the modern day waffle house.
Last month Andy called me and told me they were expecting again, but what was really surprising was that it was going to be triplets. Its a rare natural triplets with twin boys and a girl, and just like that they’re going from one kid to four.
Bruxie has been on Joy and my eating list for a while and just never found a reason to go since they’re only in Orange County. Joy and I shared a sausage, egg, and cheddar sandwich, and an order of chicken and waffles. Pretty tasty stuff.
I can’t believe but six months later was the first time i had to take care of Alice all by myself. Its not that i’d been avoiding it, its just circumstances always had me needing help for one reason or another. This week i spent the better part of two days with her, hanging out, feeding, sleeping, playing, and going out.
Thankfully she loves being out, and really only complains now when you leave her on the floor and leaving to do chores. The hardest part has been taking care of her midnight wakings and getting her back to sleep without feeding her. It hit me really hard on Saturday afternoon while visiting my parents where i took a nap for almost 2 hours. I didn’t even realize how tired i was until i woke up and felt so much better. I’m definitely grateful to have Joy around to share the burden, but i’m glad at least she’s a happy baby that loves being with us where ever we go.
Sunday we celebrated mother’s day for Joy and my mom at Disneyland. We’ve been thinking about going to Disneyland since they announced the Southern California ticket again, but never found a really good reason to go until today. We woke up as early as we could and got there around 9am and I only had one goal for myself and that was to get onto the newly refurbished Thunder Mountain.
They given the ride a nice full cleaning, and added some really cool special effects to the ride.
After we took turns going Thunder Mountain it was time to take Alice on Dumbo for her first flight on an elephant. She wasn’t exactly paying attention to what was going on and just wanted to play with the seat belt.
We headed back to Thunder Mountain for our fast pass and while we waited for my parents to finish the ride, Joy went to get some churros and lemonades, and came back with at Magic Moment free churro. Made our day for sure.
Alice had her usual pitstop at the baby center, so we stopped for a tasty corn dog.
Next up was a show at the Enchanted Tiki Room and a nice cool Dole Whip as the temperature of the day started to rise.
While waiting for our next fast pass at Indian Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye i bought my mom a new mickey hand spatula which she thought was perfect for spanking Alice.
We got on Indiana Jones quite quickly but as we were getting ready to enter the doors to Mara the car next to us broke down and we were stuck in our car waiting for a few minutes for the cast members to sort things out.
Alice’s last ride of the day was a ride on the boats of Storybook Land. She liked staring at our captain as she explained all the buildings and topiary. After that ride we decided to call it a day as the crowds were getting bigger, and it was time to get Alice home for her shower and bed time.
To avoid dealing with Mother’s Day Brunch madness i booked a brunch at the PCH Grill at Paradise Pier at Disneyland. I invited Jonathan’s family along as well since they weren’t doing anything yet either. I’m a sucker for breakfast buffets and this was our first Character Dining experience which i thought it would be entertaining for the kids as well.
Thankfully you can make Disney Dining RSVP online now instead of having to call in, which was necessary for a party of 11. There was even a long line just to check in. Some people looked very stressed of missing their RSVP time but the cast members seem to handle anything thrown at them (like adding two more to your party at check-in).
The craziness begins when you your table is ready and a host will walk you in where you’re greeted by Mickey Mouse himself. That way you can get a few pictures in before sitting down to start your meal.
As for the food i enjoyed my fair share of fresh Mickey waffles along with all the bacon and sausage i wanted. Considering that these Mickey waffles are around $6-7 a la cart in the park, i killed it by eating at least 8 of them. Along with a waffles there were pancakes, french toast, an omelet bar, bagels and lox, chilaquiles, cereal, and fruit.
All throughout your dining time various characters will stop by each table to say hello and snap some more pictures. We saw Minnie Mouse, Daisy, Pluto, and even Stitch!
Adults are $35, Kids are $15. The restaurant is located at the Paradise Pier Hotel which is the furthest from the park, but you can get validated for 5 hours at the parking lot located at the hotel. The decor matches the age of the hotel, but if your head is always scanning for characters and your kid you’ll barely notice the low ceilings or decor on the wall. You’ll need to make sure that you have lots of time planned for a meal because the process takes a long time between getting seated, getting your food, seeing and interacting with characters and then going back for more food.
I don’t remember the last time i took a day off that didn’t involve some sort of trip. With Alice having her 6 month doctor visit, and Joy and I needing our yearly dental check up it was a good day to take off for both of us.
Joy was kind enough to let me miss this doctor’s visit so that i could get an early round of golf with cousin Pish at Dad Miller in Anaheim. It must have been at least 10 years since the last time i played there, and since then a few things changed. The biggest is that Tiger Woods bought the area where the range used to be to build a Tiger Woods Golf Academy, and they shortened the par 6 18th to a normal par 5.
Our tee time was at 6am which we thought would make us the first one out, but we were at least the 3rd group out. I hadn’t swung a club since last August and my game was pretty rusty. Ended up shooting a 110 mixing in a couple quadruples with a couple pars with lots of triples in between. It was still a fun morning and we got out of there before 10am.
Saturday afternoon we celebrated the upcoming arrival of the Mani-Chan baby at Tiffany’s aunt’s house in Bel Air. It was the first time i got to go through those gates located just north of the UCLA campus, and i was mildly unimpressed by what i found there. What i did find was pretty much an ordinary track homes lined with lots of benz, bmws, and bentleys.
Of course the entire backyard was decorated from heads to tail (Tiffany’s a event planner of course) and a catering staff constantly adding new items to the buffet table.
We got there early and enjoyed the peace and quiet before everyone else arrived, and had a good time even with the temperature rising as the day got longer.
Alice was the only kid allowed at the party since she couldn’t run around and cause trouble and so everyone wanted a little piece of the chubster. Tiffany’s cousin was even trying to teach her about the higher end of life showing off her 4 karat engagement ring and letting her play with her Chanel Sunglasses.
I’ve been procrastinating in putting together my emergency
zombie survival kit, but with this dramatic change in temperature i thought well its earthquake weather and started forming a small on the run type kit. I got the basics of a emergency kit from ready.gov and adjusted accordingly.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Here are some of the things that i bought:
I chose this backpack because it was small and had lots of pockets to sort all the stuff i’m going to stuff into it.
Ambient Weather WR-333-U Emergency Solar Hand Crank Weather Alert Radio, Flashlight, Smart Phone Charger, AC and DC Adaptors
I was really excited about this radio as is powered by a rechargeable battery which you can power through a AC plug, car adapter and even USB port, as well as solar powered and hand crank. It can even charge your phone. (and spare battery)
Always need a good multi tool.
After reading about people getting stranded in their car during the 2014 Atlanta winter storm it got me thinking about how am i going to get home if the roads get jammed up. Its approximately seven miles from my office to my house which i could conceviably walk/run to in an hour and a half, but with our emergency plan to meet at my parents house, that goes from 7 to 20 miles and increases to almost seven hours. My solution is to at least decrease that time by putting in a Razor A5 Lux Scooter and scoot my way home.