Category: Activities

All the fun things I do locally! Explore the exciting things to do in Orange County!

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood

So Chris and I have Universal Studios Hollywood annual passes and they expire soon! So just in case we don’t get another pass, we decide to spend our day off in Los Angeles. Now, we originally planned on getting there at opening, but you know, I took forever to get ready that morning. I’ll admit it. No shame. We ended up getting to universal around noon. We went straight to The Walking Dead Attraction. I was very nervous. My anxiety was running high, no doubt. We love the TV show. So this was also very exciting for us. I had to ask before going in if they can touch you. For those of you worried like I was, have no fear! They cannot touch you and it’s very recommended that you don’t touch them. The attraction was good. Almost like going to Knott’s Scary Farm and walking through one of their mazes. I have definitely been through better mazes though. I have to admit it did feel like I was kind of in the show. After this, we ended up walking around and going through the shops. On our way to Hogsmead, we found a mummy! Of course, I stopped to take a picture with him! He was a little scary and I think he could tell that I was easily scared.

I’ll be honest, I really want an interactive wand! Now don’t judge me, but I hadn’t seen all of the Harry Potter movies until last year. Hey! The Dementors scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. So we went around looking, I couldn’t make a decision so I decided to get my wand another time. However, I almost bought another chocolate frog because those things are GOOD! After walking through some of the shops we decide to get some food. Since I’m a big, and new, fan of Harry Potter I’ve been really wanting to eat at Three Broomsticks. The line wasn’t bad at all, so we hardly waited for food. I thought this was a sit down restaurant, but it is not. It’s a quick service restaurant, so you go order your food and then proceed to pick it up yourself. I kind of felt that ruined my experience a little. So Chris ended up ordering the Lemon Herb Roast Chicken Platter and I had the Shepard’s Pie with Garden Salad. The chicken platter came with this huge piece of chicken, corn on the cob, and roasted potatoes. Chris’s review was “it was a mess!” I think it was chicken juice but it was soggy and wet. It made a huge mess. The potatoes were underneath the chicken so those were soggy as well. The corn was honestly nothing special, but that may be because we are parmesan people! As for the Shepard’s Pie, it didn’t taste like Shepard’s Pie to me. It kinda of tasted like chili. I was not a fan so I ended up just eating the mashed potatoes that were on top. The Garden Salad on the other hand was pretty good! The dressing was like a mix between ranch and ceasar dressing. I was a big fan of that!

After we ate, we went down the never ending escelators. We really wanted to go on Transformers: The Ride-3D. So we ended up being really disappointed when we found out it was closed. While we were trying to figure out what to do next, a freaking raptor came out! I love dinosaurs! The Raptor Encounter is a fun little show where you can take a picture with a raptor! How awesome is that?

We purposely skipped the Jurassic Park ride because the last time we went out in I am pretty sure we were submerged under water. We were drenched! The weather was on and off chilly outside so I did not want to risk getting sick. Especially since my immune system has not been too great lately. After we got to hang out with the raptor, we journeyed up the many escalators! Here is a photo of the amazing view!

Last, but certainly not least, we went on the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride! I think this is one of our favorite rides. It so much fun and I love the shop afterwards. I want a fluffy unicorn so bad! But then again, I want everything. Chris really wanted another donut from Springfield. They are only five dollars and the chocolate one is delicious. After we picked that up we decided that it was time to head out. The wait times were long and it was warming up. Of course, after I saw there was a Karl Strauss at Universal City Walk I knew we had to go! This is one of my favorite breweries. I had the Aurora Hoppyalis and Chris had the Big Barrel IPA. It was Happy Hour too, so we paid less than $10 for both! What good timing we have.

                    

After Karl Strauss, we started walking to the car. Then we spotted Voodoo Doughnuts. We have never had Voodoo Doughnuts before so we had to stop in. I ended up having a “Triple Chocolate Penetration.” Which is a chocolate cake doughnut with chocolate frosting and Cocoa Puffs. Thats one thing you will love about me. I am a chocolate lover! Chris got the “Oh Captain, My Captain.” Which is a doughnut with vanilla frosting and Captain Crunch!

     

This day was so much fun with Chris. I had a blast. After this we ended up heading to Citadel Outlets. We did a little shopping then came home. It was overall a good day. Chris and I love theme parks, so it’s awesome that we have passes to most of them in So Cal! Thank you for reading my post. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. I can’t wait to share my next adventure with you. Please follow my Instagram @adventurewithleslie if you haven’t already and I now have a Facebook page to follow as well to keep you updated with everything that I am up to!

Plant Nite

Plant Nite

Have you ever heard of Paint Nite? If not, it is an awesome event where you pay for a ticket, they equip you with all the supplies necessary to paint the painting you selected, then teach you how to paint it! Chris and I did this about a year ago and LOVED it. It is usually held at a local restaurant or bar. Not too long ago I received an email promoting Plant Nite. I was immidiately interested. Especially with a 30% off coupon! (Use the code PLANTS30) Now Plant Nite is the same idea, but instead of a painting, you build a terrarium. Now let me tell you a secret. Brittany, my cousin who is also my best friend, love terrariums! This event is perfect for the two of us. The event was held at Great Society Cider & Mead. I have never had cider before so this was even more exciting for me. I love trying new things. Brittany and I show up just in time for happy hour! I honestly wish I knew what we ordered because we loved it all. We attended this event a few weeks ago before my thought of a blog was starting to become a legit goal. There is one I was able to remember based off their website which is the Tieton Apricot Cider which was delicious! We also had the Garlic Parmesan Fries which I highly recommend to anyone and everyone. So after we finished eating, we began to start with our terrariums. We started with pet rocks. I have no idea why, but we painted rocks to look like lady bugs. I did not put mine in my finished terrarium. After the pet rock, we moved on to filling our terrarium with soil. Then we got to chose our succulent plants. I was really looking forward to this. I love succulent plants. One day, when Chris and I buy our big house, I am going to decorate it with succulents everywhere! After we plant those we move onto rocks, then moss, then more rocks. Lastly, the greatest addition to our terrariums, DINOSAURS! I picked a stegosaurus and Brittany picked a brachiosaurus. Our finished terrariums are beautiful. They say that succulents are great for those who kill plants because they are difficult to kill. I have faith she keeps this one alive! Chris is helping me big time by giving my terrarium the perfect amount of water every few days! Not only are these terrariums awesome, but so was the experience. I recommend this to anyone who doesn’t mind getting their hands a little dirty.  I absolutely love Brittany and the time I get with her. I truly mean it when I say she is my best friend. I cannot wait until we try something else new!

 

Breakfast at Disneyland!

Breakfast at Disneyland!

So this was my first time having breakfast at Disneyland and I have to say, it was a pretty cool experience. We went to celebrate my mother’s birthday. A little background, my mother died when I was 10 of cancer. Even with the few years I got to spend with her, shes incredibly special to me and we were incredibly close. On this day, she would have been 60 years old! Every year, on significant days that have to do with my mother, I do something I know she would have liked to do. My mother, before I was born, worked for Disney. I grew up going to Disneyland all the time! So today we decided to go to Carnation Cafe. Not exactly Goofy’s Kitchen, but this was in our price range. I was so happy to be able to go with my boyfriend Chris, my brother’s girlfriend Jessy, and my niece Sophia. The experience was awesome. Our waiter was helpful and even the older gentleman cleaning tables was magical! We had awesome conversation with him, but I wish I recalled his name. I had the All American Breakfast and boy was it good! Jessy had the Mickey shaped waffle, and Chris had the Apple Pancakes, which sure did fill him up! Sophia is a pretty picky eater so she had some eggs. I was so excited to go to Disneyland, especially with my niece, now old enough to go on rides. So we decided to stay and go on a couple. We went on Snow White’s Scary Adventure and Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. Sophia definitely hated both. I guess I didn’t realize how scary they were! After those two rides, we all stared to get tired. The heat didn’t help either. We decided to call it a day. When we all got home, all we wanted to do was take a nap. Below are just a couple photos from our morning at Disneyland! I promise I will get better at taking photos and giving more details. This is all very new to me and I am trying to form new habits. Thank you for reading. See you soon!