Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Snacking In The Parks: Pumpkin Spice Pretzels

It is almost HalloweenTime at The Disneyland Resort! And they have a new food item - Pumpkin Spice Pretzels! Watch my review and see if this is something you need to try as well!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pixar Cars Cozy Cone Alarm Clock D23 Expo Exclusive Unboxing

Take a look at my unboxing of the D23 Expo exclusive Pixar Cars Cozy Cone alarm clock! Sadly, it is a toy and not an actual alarm clock with an AM Radio, but it is still really cool! Hopefully someone will make the real thing one day and I will buy it!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Wine Review: 2016 Kir Yianni Akakies Sparkling

I recently received two bottles of 2016 Kir Yianni Akakies Sparkling wine from Greece for a media review. I am a huge fan of wine's from Greece and was happy to find this special delivery.

The deep pink color and tiny bubbles is a welcomed sight as you pour a glass. You then pick up the scents of strawberries and cherries. The flavor is crisp and dry. There is a slight hint of sweetness with the first sip that lends itself to more complexity with each subsequent sip.

This wine pairs nicely with a wide variety of foods including Asian dishes and of course Mediterranean dishes. I choose to pair it with a lovely seared salmon with mashed potatoes and steam spinach. But you cannot go wrong with pork, spicy dishes or dishes that are vegetable based. Even on its own, the wine would be perfect to enjoy during a relaxing evening at home.

The 2016 Kir Yianna Akakies Sparkling is another example of a fine Greek wine and would be an excellent place to start your exploration of Greek wines.

*Disclaimer: The wine was sent for media review purposes but the review is strictly my own opinion.*

Giveaway: Disneyland Fantasyland Starbucks "You Are Here" Mug + Starbucks Gift Card

Enter to win this fantastic new Disneyland Fantasyland Starbucks "You Are Here" mug and a $20 Starbucks gift card! The giveaway is open worldwide and the winner will be notified by email!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Vehicle Review: 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT - Food and Adventures at Disneyland!

Time to check out the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT! I love driving smaller vehicles and was excited to drive the Hyundai Elantra GT! The 2-18 Hyundai Elantra GT was beautifully redesigned and I love the cascading grille and the vertical LED running lights.

Took an early drive down to the San Diego area to pick up a friend. The drive was amazing! The 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder engine supplied plenty of power to handle the Southern California freeways! You get good gas mileage with 24 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway.  Put the 2018 Hyundai Elantra into Sports Mode and you may never get out of the car! The large 17-inch alloy wheels grip the curvy foothill roads on the way to my friends house.

The style package on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT gives you blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert, two of my favorite safety features on any vehicle. You also get the side mirror turn indicators, proximity key with push button start, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter, power driver's seat and heated front seats.

Time to load up the trunk which is huge for a small car! So much room for all of your luggage and more!

The layout of the cockpit is surprisingly roomy and filled with tech that larger cars have.

Awesome to find a panoramic sunroof! One of the unexpected finds on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT! This comes in the Tech Package that also includes full LED headlights and taillights, leather seating surfaces, electronic parking brake, the Qi wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones, ventilated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror with BlueLink, HomeLink and Compass and carpeted floor mats.

Not that I need any navigation tool to help me find which way it is to Disneyland! But we are almost there! I love the large 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that has both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay across all trims.

We reached Disneyland and it was time to enjoy a Teddi Beara Lavender Sparkler which tasted like lychee and was absolutely delicious and refreshing!

We picked up some reading material as well! The second volume of Tales of The Haunted Mansion came out and was a must buy after reading the first one and how amazing it was!

Then it was time to eat and it was time to try a secret menu item, the Galactic Style burger from the Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland! Think of it as a tasty cross between an In N Out animal style burger and a McDonald's Big Mac! Amazing and delicious, a must have!

When you close down Disneyland you can get a cool photo like this in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle all by yourself!

And just as important is a photo on a nearly empty Main Street!

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT came in at $27, 460.00 as tested. A solid, fun-to-drive hatchback with great tech and safety features makes this a vehicle worth looking at!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Giveaway: Mayor of Halloweentown Mug + Starbucks Gift Card

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Snacking In The Parks: Beer Floats from Clarabelle's

It is always fun to find new food discoveries while visiting The Disneyland Resort. My friend and I stopped in to get ice cream from Clarabelle's but saw that they are making beer floats!

As you can see from the sign they are offering 3 types of alcoholic beverages to turn into floats! Henry's Orange Hard Soda, Coney Island Hard Root Beer or Guinness Extra Stout are your options!

We opted for the Henry's Orange Hard Soda and the Coney Island Hard Root Beer and both were delicious! We also loved that they use vanilla ice cream on a stick to place in the cups!

At $9.99 we will definitely be back for more!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tangled - Unboxing of the Disney Princess Mystery Box from PLEY

I unbox the Disney Princess Mystery Box from Pley! This time it is items from Tangled! This Disney subscription box is perfect for your princess! Take a look and see what comes in the box!

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Snacking In The Parks: Secret Menu Item - The Zocalo Burrito from Rancho del Zocalo!

Take a look at this monstrosity, The Zocalo burrito! This is a secret menu item at Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland. This massive burrito must be asked for and they will put in everything on the assembly line and topped with both red and green sauce! Look at the size of this burrito! It takes up the whole plate and is only $12.99!

Take a look at the video I posted below on my Instagram that shows this amazing burrito being constructed!

The water bottle in the photo below gives you an indication of just how large this burrito is! One of the best secret menu items in Disneyland and easily the largest! Oh, and it is just as delicious as it looks!

Snacking In The Parks: Late Night Menu at the Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland

Disneyland started a special late night menu at the Galactic Grill in Disneyland that starts at 9pm until the park closes! Now we did not try everything on the menu but here is what we did try:

First up is the green apple lemonade with a glow cube! Now many of you know that I am not a fan of anything sour but I do love green apple! The sour is very subtle and the drink is very refreshing! I would get this again!

Next up was the Lunar Space-adilla, a quesadilla with pepper jack cheese, Ortega chiles, chicken breast and served with a chipotle-ranch sauce. This was really delicious! My friend and I both ate the entire thing and the dipping sauce is a must. There is just the right amount of kick in it for me and I love spicy while my friend Dee does not like spicy but she loved it as well!

We also got the sweet chili sauce Star Clusters, a waffle bowl filled with crispy chicken bites over a blue cheese cole slaw and pickle chips. You can also choose from buffalo sauce if you don't like the sweet chili sauce. The chicken bites are large and flavorful while I wish the blue cheese cole slaw had more blue cheese. I love pickle chips and the waffle bowl was great but too bad it couldn't have been an actual waffle.

Last but not least is the Meteor Potato Bites, tater tots topped with chopped ground beef, caramelized onions, house sauce and sharp cheddar cheese sauce. The best way to describe this is animal style fries from In N Out! Seriously that good!

So a great menu if you are at Disneyland late! Now off to find more food in the parks!

Snacking In The Parks: Lobster Galley Chips from Harbour Galley

Take a look at the Lobster Galley Chips from Harbour Galley across from the exit of The Haunted Mansion! House-fried potato chips with a generous amount of lobster, cheddar cheese sauce, spicy-lime mayo and chives make this a great snack for yourself or to share! This is yet another "Fantasmic!"-inspired snack! These were delicious and cannot wait to get them again!

Big News about Marvel Studios' "ANT-MAN AND THE WASP"


Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña and Michael Douglas return for the highly anticipated “Ant-Man” sequel

BURBANK, CALIF. (August 1, 2017)—Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” starring Paul Rudd (“Captain America: Civil War,”  “The Fundamentals of Caring”), Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” “Lost”),  Michael Peña (“The Martian,” Fury”) and Academy Award® winner Michael Douglas (“Behind the Candelabra,” “Wall Street”),  who all return to the roles they originated in the 2015 box office hit “Ant-Man.”  Bobby Cannavale (“Vinyl,” “Chef”), Judy Greer (“War for the Planet of the Apes,” “Wilson”), Abby Ryder Fortson (“Togetherness,” Transparent), Tip “T.I.” Harris (“Sleepless,” “Get Hard”) and David Dastmalchian (“Twin Peaks,” “The Belko Experiment”) also reprise their supporting roles.

The highly-anticipated follow-up welcomes Academy Award® nominees Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Wizard of Lies,” upcoming “Murder on the Orient Express”) and Laurence Fishburne (“John Wick: Chapter 2,” “The Matrix”), along with Hannah John-Kamen (“Black Mirror,” “Ready Player One”), Walton Goggins (“Vice Principals,” “Six”) and Randall Park (“Veep,” “Fresh Off the Boat”) to the ensemble cast.

“Ant-Man” director Peyton Reed (“Yes Man,” “The Break-Up”) returns to helm Marvel Studios’ action-adventure from a screenplay by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari, and Paul Rudd. The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on July 6, 2018, will be filmed in Atlanta and San Francisco. 

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: “Ant-Man and The Wasp.”  In the aftermath of “Captain America:  Civil War,” Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father.  As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

Marvel Studios’’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Charles Newirth and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

The director’s creative brain trust includes Academy Award®-nominated director of photography Dante Spinotti (“L.A. Confidential”), production designer Shepherd Frankel (“Ant-Man”), costume designer Louise Frogley (“Spider-Man:  Homecoming”), visuals effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti (“Doctor Strange”) and seven-time Academy Award® nominee, special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War”). 

Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success with the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on May 5, which topped the opening weekend box office with a domestic take of over $146 million and has gone on to garner over $860 million at the worldwide box office to date. 

On July 7, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” opened at #1 with an opening weekend box office of $117 million and has earned a worldwide box office of over $633 million to date.

In 2016, Marvel Studios released “Captain America: Civil War,” which opened on May 6 with the fifth largest opening weekend of all time and has since garnered box office receipts of over $1.15 billion worldwide. 

The juggernaut studio ended last year with its newest Super Hero “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. The film opened #1 at the box office on November 4 and went on to gross more than $677 million worldwide to date. The two films propelled Marvel Studios’ #1 domestic box-office opening streak to a record-breaking 14 consecutive films.

Marvel Studios’ other epic big-screen adventures include “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man” and the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok” (November 3, 2017), “Black Panther” (February 16, 2018) and “Avengers: Infinity War” (May 4, 2018).

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Snacking In The Parks: S'mores Churro

Another "Fantasmic!"-inspired snack is this delicious s'mores churro! You can only get it at the churro cart near the Hungry Bear in Critter Country. It is a delicious graham cracker churro with a chocolate and marshmallow dipping sauce! This is a winner and something I cannot wait to get again!