- Venice, Italy
- Tokyo, Japan
- Paris, France
- The Bahamas
- Costa Rica
- Barcelona, Spain
What are some of the destinations you have on your bucket list?
Saturday morning, my mom, brother, and I set off on a little road trip to Las Vegas. We left around 10am but didn’t get there until about 5:30pm. We made some stops to eat and to shop at the Barstow and Primm outlets. I didn’t do as much shopping as I would have liked to; but that was mainly due to the fact that I really wanted to gamble once we got to Vegas.
Once we got in the hotel room, we rested for about a half hour before we started getting ready to leave once again. We were going to see Journey at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This would be my sixth or seventh time seeing Journey perform. It’s been a tradition, since my dad passed, to see them everytime they’re in concert because that was his favorite band.
Journey always puts on a fantastic show but it’s this song in particular that always gets me choked up. There are few videos I have of my dad, but one that I have is of him singing to this song Escape. It’s also inspiration as to what my next tattoo will be.
After the show we went and ate a late dinner at Pinks Tacos. I ordered their nachos and a “Kinky Bitch” margarita. The nachos were so good and I wish I had taken a picture of them before I started gobbling them up.
Once we got back to our hotel, my brother and I stayed in the casino to gamble a bit. I WAS winning money, but then got greedy and ended up losing it all. It’s not too bad though, I only put in $20 so it wasn’t much of a loss. I would’ve walked away with almost $100…so that was a bit disappointing.
We left early Sunday morning since the weather report said that 30-40mph winds would be kicking up around 8am. We managed to leave before the winds kicked in, which is great because I probably would have had an anxiety attack.
Overall it was a nice quick little trip with my family. I will be going back to Vegas in 3 months to see Lady Gaga perform at the T-mobile arena. I am so excited for that because the next day we’ll be traveling up to the Grand Canyon. I can’t wait for that!
If you’re a Disneyland fanatic (like myself), then you know all about the super-secret exclusive club that is inside the park in Anaheim. I heard about Club 33 years ago and would always pass by “the door” in the hopes of seeing someone walking in, or walking out. I had always dreamed about someday having the chance to dine above New Orleans square. Luckily for me, my wish was granted this year for my birthday.
This is the door where you check in for your reservations. All this time I had thought it was the door with the actual “33” sign on it and have passed this door for so many years not even noticing it. Silly me to think they would really have it out there like that, after all, it is a secret club.
We walked out into the foyer and were offered cold towelettes, and some very delicious lavender water. As we waited for our table, I walked around the foyer just soaking in all of its beauty and architecture. I stood there wondering if Walt Disney had felt the feelings I had when he stared at this once the renovations were complete.
As we sat for lunch, I opted to order myself a fruity (alcoholic) drink instead of doing the wine meal pairing. I love wine but I am not a skilled wino, and to be honest I mostly drink dessert wines (Stella Rosa FTW). The lunch comes as a four course meal, and I was so nervous I wouldn’t be able to finish everything in one sitting (especially because their bread was AH-MAZINGLY delicious). I had order the Oysters Rockefeller, the asparagus soup, filet mignon, and their chocolate cake for dessert. I also ordered a cappuccino to help wash down the cake and all of its yummy richness.
The club was nice enough to gift me with a little bag full of macaroons and chocolates, and a birthday card signed by all of the staff working that day. I had such an amazing experience that I truly did not want to leave. The staff was so friendly, and the atmosphere was so different compared to the hustle and bustle of Disneyland. I am close to considering putting myself on the 15 year wait list and just saving my money for the membership. Or I can just cross my fingers and hope to marry a millionaire…kidding. It was really wonderful, and if that’s the only time I ever go, at least I have the pictures and memories.
*A special thank you to my Niño and his wonderful wife for making this happen. And a very big thank you to their friends for getting us the reservation.
This year for my birthday, I decided I wanted to spend the weekend in a different city. I had contemplated on just going to Vegas, but I’ve done the Vegas thing and I had my heart set on visiting San Francisco. This would be my first time ever going up to Northern California, so I was super excited and I was making the trip with some of my favorite people.
Since this was my first time visiting the city, I wanted to do all the “tourist-y” things and see all of the iconic landmarks in San Francisco. The Painted Ladies and the Mrs. Doubtfire house were the top things on my list. Being a 90s kid I grew up with Robin Williams being in all my favorite childhood movies. As I got older I learned to love his more serious roles as well and just admired him as an actor. When he passed away, I sat on my couch in disbelief and cried. He will always have a big place in my heart and I am thankful for all the laughs he gave us.
The weather was amazing! Being from Southern California, it was a big change in the Bay Area. It was still warmer than I had expected, but talking to the locals it sounded like we had chosen a very good weekend to visit. To be honest, I was kind of looking forward to gloomy weather, but the sun was equally as nice.
I didn’t realize how similar this city was to New York, but I didn’t fall in love with it as quickly as I fell in love with New York. To me this city felt a lot “dirtier” and a lot more compact than the Big Apple. I just felt like I didn’t belong there. But I must admit, the city is still beautiful and I will definitely be making a trip back this summer. I really didn’t get to see as much as I would have liked, but it’s not an impossible trip to make so I will be going again.
Until next time, San Francisco.