Thursday, December 14, 2017

La Brea

First day at Anaheim, and decided to walk around for a bit.
Right as it gets dark, there's an Italian/Bakery with a small line.  Figured everything else has a line, might as well give it a shot.  Majority of the seating is on the outside patio area, but they do have heaters, no fear.
I got the Penne Pomadoro, penne pasta with sausage.  You can request for gluten free pasta, and that bowl of pasta is plenty.  Nice and warm under the heater with some pasta.  They also offer pizza, assorted salads and huge bowls of soup.

I will say, when it's dark is when people exit the parks.  Since the restaurant is situated across from the tram that people take to go back to the garage, they do get a longer line in the evening.  So, either beat the crowd or be prepare to wait.  That goes for all the restaurants in Downtown Disney, besides the crowd that comes to hang out, you also have to consider the folks that exit the parks too.  Bring patience or entertainment for the little ones.  They also have sandwiches to go, if you want something quick and not sit down.

La Brea Bakery
Downtown Disney
1556 Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Honey & Butter X Tokidoki

Yet another post about macarons, because they are awesome.
Happens that when I was there, they were doing a collaboration with Tokidoki.
How cool that they have a super wall with Tokidoki characters?
They're known for characters macarons.  The right ones are their normal characters, the far left ones are Tokidoki.  They charge more for special or bigger characters.  They do have a rule that there's a limit on how many you get and they release them around noon.  Don't be surprise that if they have a line out the door.  You can see what they're rolling out on their Instagram.
So, what did I get: of course macs, panda mac, and tokidoki mac, a Tokidoki pin, and other Tokidoki swag.

It's a super fun place to be and wish they have one Texas, but that's good enough for me.

Honey & Butter
633 Spectrum Center
Irvine, CA 92618

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Honey & Butter

If you're a true macaron fan, you would've had Honey & Butter on your radar.
Not only that their macarons tastes good, they also do character macs.
Hi Totoro!  Just chilling at the store?
Another Totoro to teach you all about how to make macarons.
Wow, talk about a Tsum Tsum collection.  This place has them all and then some.
Here's their macarons selections.
They also has tea and pins.  I got the Jasmine tea and of course some macaron goodies.
Out of the ones I got, I want to share the unique one that I wanted to share.  That's the French Toast Crunch.  And how cute are those mini toasts.  You do taste the cinnamon from the filling.  That's pretty clever. 

They have your standard flavors, but they also have unique flavors, like Churros, Milk and Honey (which I'm told that's a popular one amongst fans), Fruity Pebbles and Oreos.  The trick is that they're around the corner of Old Navy at the Irvine Spectrum Center (which is close to the middle of the shopping center).  If you want the special characters they release them at Noon.  Don't be surprised, if it's a popular theme, they do have a line out the door waiting for them.  The other thing is that because it's so popular, they do limit how many you can get.  More on that, next post.

Honey and Butter
633 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hello Kitty Cafe

So we were coming back from Carlsbad back to LA, and had to pass Irvine.  
Quickly find the Irvine Spectrum Center and go visit the Hello Kitty Cafe.
Super cute decor.
Dessert display case, they have macarons, tarts, cakes, pocket pies and cookies.  All the Hello Kitty goodness.
Got me a Passion Fruit Iced Tea, super cute napkins and cups to match.
Chocolate Opera Cake, cute touch with HK chocolate on top.
Check out the details on the side, it's Hello Kitty and desserts printed on the chocolate slices.
Since I spent enough, they have a rewards program and I earned a cup of mocha.  Too cute!
No no, Keroppi, that coffee is mine!

The store is a container converted to a store.  It is situated by the Ferris Wheel, and can't really miss it, because it's pink and right in front of the constructions of the new section of the Spectrum Center.  

Parking is pretty convenient, they have a garage which is a short walk from everything.  Highly recommend taking some time and enjoy the California sun.

Hello Kitty Cafe
670 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Beach Plum Kitchen

For breakfast, we found Beach Plum Kitchen.
It's super cute and actually very popular with the locals.  It's actually on the 2nd floor or the back end of the shopping center.  Parking can be a challenge, depending on when you go.
Beach Plum, not a common name, and they bother to tell you why.  You can read it here.
Saw lot of recommendation on coffee, so got a mocha.  Purrty... it tastes good too.  Perfect amount of chocolate and milk ratio.  Nice and hot.
I got the Ben's breakfast burrito with pork belly... whoa!
That's a lot of food... you can see the pork belly, very nice and tender and juicy.  Eggs, not sure how they fit the potato, cheese, and pepper in there.  But it went very well with the Salsa Verde.  I'm typically a fan of the tomatillo salsa, but it was a tad too spicy for me and I'm a whim.  There's a lot of food, towards the end I was just picking on it.

The place is very popular to the locals, a lot of them come here for their regular gathering; we were lucky to be seated right away, but by the time we get up, there was a line out the door.  There was some confusion on the servers assignments, but luckily our server was astute and picked our table up.  Strangely, we got our food before we got our coffee, not sure what the set up is, just thought that was strange.  They also sell home made jam, and you can ask them for a sample.  By the time I remembered that, I had already stuffed my belly with the burrito and didn't get to try it, but next time for sure.

Beach Plum Kitchen
6971 El Camino Real
Ste 201
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tin Leaf

After so much theme park food, we needed to get some real food.
Came upon Tin Leaf that has healthy selections.  
They operate very much like Ruggles Green, you walk up with what you want to order, they give you a number and deliver food over.

I got the seared ahi tuna salad.  I'm not a fan of the noodles chips, like the sesame does that enough, no need to add more crisps.  The lettuces are mixed field greens, and there's tomatoes hidden in there.  That said, the vinaigrette has a hint of wasabi, that was an interesting twist.  Overall, it's a good healthy and quick salad.

The place is casual, but food is good.  The adults definitely take advantage that they serve alcohol, but the place is definitely kids friendly.  They have large seating both inside and out.  The parking may pose as a challenge, but not terrible.

Tin Leaf
6985 El Camino Real #108
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Legoland - Churros

On our way to Miniland, USA...
... New York City.  Streets not to scale.
I saw Churros with Chocolate.  WHAT!!!!  Must try!  Churros is like 'The Thing' to get in the theme parks in California, and if it comes with chocolate, why wouldn't I go line up?
So, here's what they look like, and the chocolate is warm and it's a hot mess as you walk and dip.  It is full of cinnamon sugar and it's delightful.
The stall is up on the hill right before you get to Miniland, USA.
Awesome Guggenheim that's all made out of Legos.

Churros Stall
Legoland, Miniland, USA
One Legoland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008