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Paso Robles weekend part 2

So the next two wineries we went to were the most memorable ones. We visited Jada Winery where for an extra $5 you can have your wine tasting paired with cheese! 

I highly recommend that you have the wine and cheese pairing as when we followed their instructions on the pairing, it truly gave another dimension to the wine.

There was a person telling us which cheese was which when she poured the wine for us. 

We particularly liked the Malstria and hubby bought a bottle to take home. Jada, was our third winery that day and my tita already refused to drink as she was tipsy. We were tired and slightly drunk ourselves. However my brother insisted that we visit one last winery since that one was by appointment only. So off we went.

Our last winery of the day was L'Aventure or The Adventure. Just visiting the place itself made us already think this was a degree above the previous places we went to. When we were positioned with the wine list we found out that the cheapest bottle was $50! My ti…

Disneyland 2017 Day 2

For day 2, we already knew we'd be at a disadvantage the moment we entered the park because that specific day had a "Magic Morning." I tried to use RideMax to come up with various possible schedules but in the end we arrived so late, we decided to just go line up already for Peter Pan despite the 40 mins wait warning.

In retrospect, it was a good idea to line up for the ride we wanted most to ride first as I enjoyed the Peter Pan ride the most. We were also able to do other rides such as the Indiana Jones ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Manor and the Storybook Canal boats. Kiddo went off with his dad to ride Autopia too while my brother and I just waited for them.  

On this day, we spent a lot of time in line but thanks to our trusty phones, we were able to pass the time with ease. 

Gosh I almost forgot, J insisted that we go to Mickey's house to get a picture with Mickey Mouse. This wasn't a long line at all. You have go through Mickey's house thoug…

Disneyland 2017 Day 1

First of all let me just say that I haven't been to the original Disneyland park since I was 11. That was quite a long time ago. Let's not quibble over how long :) 

My brother who accompanied us warned me to create an itinerary so that we could plan which rides we wanted to take. Also, we had to plan our lunch breaks so that he could make reservations at the restaurants or we'd end up waiting for an hour for a table. 

So what I did was research where I found out about RideMax. Apparently it's software that is web based to calculate your Disneyland schedule based on your desired rides, the day of the week you are going and how fast you will be going. You can also input your desired break periods which will be included in the schedule. 

That's how I found out that apparently there is something called "Magic Mornings" where hotel guests can get in an hour earlier thereby creating long lines for popular rides before we non-hotel guests can even get in the park. 

Welcome to the OC (b1tch)

Does anyone else remember that line from the OC? More to the point, am I showing my age? Anyway, my brother lives in Orange County and he is whom we would be staying with in that neck of the woods. 

If one of you readers do remember the now defunct show The OC, then you'll remember that it was filled with drama and a lot of rich people. Suffice to say when we were in the OC, there were lots of high end cars there like Porsches, BMWs, Mercedez-Benzs and even a Lamborghini or Tesla or two. Plus, there was an area we passed by where people parked their yachts outside their houses. I kid you not. 

However what I want to showcase in this post is the food! Unfortunately I barely remember some of the other restaurants we ate in except for Slapfish. 

So in Slapfish, you definitely have to try the lobster roll. I should have placed some hot sauce on mine but it was definitely flavorful. We also got some chowder fries because who wouldn't want to try clam chowder poured over french fries?!

Alcatraz Island tour

All I knew about Alcatraz was that it was a former prison. We actually wanted to go last year but apparently the tickets get sold out quickly. You need to buy them several weeks ahead of time.

To get to Alcatraz we had to take the ferry from Oakland to San Francisco. Family picture below with an extra little person.

J and N posing in front of the ferry entrance.

J and N amusing themselves during the ferry ride. We stayed inside since it was quite cold.

We had a brief lunch at one of the restaurants at the pier. I can't recall which one. Then it was off to board the Alcatraz ferry.

I think the island was first established as a fort to keep people out. In time, they turned it into a prison to keep people in. Note kiddo posing next to a howitzer.

This guy was sort of giving the orientation once we went to the arrival area. He gave a pretty good idea of how big the island was a brief history. He also told us where to start the audio tour and that it was possible to go to the other side of t…

Paso Robles weekend part 1

Finally hubby and I get to do something child free. J happily went with my Tita for a few days while my other Tita took us to Cabazon for the day. I'll skip that part because I don't want to remember how much I spent. When people ask me about it I always refer to it as a "hold-up." :P

Anyway, Paso Robles is the wine country that is near LA in the same way that Napa is near San Francisco. However it isn't that well known yet and not as commercialized. 

Our first stop is Eberle Winery. The wine was ok and the wine tasting was free. It seems that they have an outdoor area where a restaurant comes in to sell food so you can make it a lunch destination as well.
The wine was already something we liked and we were considering buying a bottle but my brother reminded me we were just getting started and there might be other wines we would like more. He apparently carefully picked the wineries we'd be going to so the best was yet to come.

Since we arrived around 10/11 in Eb…