Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

I had a dream come true and was given the opportunity to stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. We make frequent stops at the hotel on park visits for dining or to hang out in the lobby, but I haven’t stayed overnight, so I was super excited.

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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel has newly refurbished rooms. The rooms have details like the mural above the headboards of a blossoming orange tree, with Chip ‘n Dale playing in the branches.

All rooms include soft and fluffy robes to use during your stay, 55-inch smart TVs, Keurig coffee makers, mini fridge and USB connections to charge your electronic devices. Our room also had a desk, dresser, and a love seat that folded out into a sleeper. Continue reading

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2018

I had the opportunity to attend a Media Event at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to kick off the 2018 Food & Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure going on March 2 – April 12. We were able to get the scoop behind some of the planning, and hear from one of Disneyland’s Executive Chefs, and preview some of the Festival food and drinks.

There are 13 different Festival Marketplaces located throughout the park, plus a Beer Garden,and a limited time special menu at Paradise Garden Grill. The Festival offerings have gluten free, kid-friendly, vegetarian, and vegan options. Be sure to grab a Tasting Passport to find the specifics. Continue reading

Tortilla Jo’s Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

I was invited to Tortilla Jo’s in Downtown Disney to take part in their special Dia de Los Muetros celebration, happening October 27th thru November 2nd.

(Photo Courtesy of Patina Restaurant Group)

Since I had a visit planned to Disneyland on Sunday with my family, I opted to take them up on their invite and attend the Pre-Celebration Kids Event.

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

We sat outside on the patio close to the Kids Event so my youngest son could play while we were close by. The Dia de Los Muertos Pre-celebration had different stations set-up for kids with complimentary Face Painting, Cookie Decorating, Pumpkin Painting, and Arts & Crafts.

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Brian’s 24

I was invited to check out Brian’s 24 in Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter for brunch. I had heard good things about Brian’s 24, so I was more than happy to accept the invitation. Brian’s 24 is a family owned business located off the lobby of the historic St. James Hotel. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Brian’s 24 is a true diner, serving up breakfast 24/7 in addition to sandwiches, pizza, burgers, dessert, drinks, late night grub, and so much more.

Brian’s 24, Downtown San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

We were greeted by Andrea, Brian’s sister, who was the most gracious and helpful host. Andrea gave us some background on her family’s restaurant and showed us around their redecorated dining room and bar. There is definitely a fun diner vibe happening!

Brian’s 24 Dining Room and Bar

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Holidays Eats at Trolley Treats

Trolley Treats at Disney California Adventure Park is a sweet shop (pun intended) on Buena Vista Street. Trolley Treats carries all kinds of freshly made treats from cake pops, caramel apples, toffee, fudge, cookies, to seasonal favorites. Most of the treats at Trolley Treats can be found at Candy Palace and Pooh Corner at Disneyland, and Marceline’s Confectionery in Downtown Disney District. I can’t stop myself from popping in every visit to the park.

Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Stret

Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street

On our recent Disney date, before heading to the Festival of Holidays, which you can see HERE, I stopped by Trolley Treats to check out the holiday sweets. Before heading inside, there was a cast member outside of the shop displaying some of the holiday treats. Continue reading