Sun, Fun & Boats! – Marina Fest in Marina Del Rey

Sun, Fun & Boats! – Marina Fest in Marina Del Rey

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Yacht & Boats in Marina Del Rey

First, I would like to apologize for my super late post. My week was crazy busy, so I just didn’t find the time unfortunately. But now I’ll recap for you what I did last weekend. Justin & I went to the Marina Fest in the Marina del Rey harbor.

The marina, to me, is a special place – an escape from the big city life. I love how peaceful and quiet it is and not to mention the ocean breeze! Last week, they held the Marina Fest, a festival with vendors and exhibitors all about boating. Booths all set up shop in Burton Chase Park and their offers ranged from education about save oil disposal to realtor services. And as you can see in the next photo, some of them were even selling toilets.

We strolled around the park and looked at the old and new yachts, that were open to be boarded by the public.

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Vendors and exhibitors at the Marina Fest

The food options were unfortunately a little grim because only two food trucks were catering the event. India Jones was serving up Indian food and customers enjoyed Pork Belly sandwiches at the Pork Belly truck. The latter took a rather long break and the lined up queue of hungry customers jumped ship and gave their business to the Indian truck.

We were really hungry, too, so we bought some curry fries from the India Jones’ truck and they were absolutely delicious. Even Justin liked them, and he does not like Indian food. After the Pork Belly truck reopened, we finally got our sandwiches too and we ordered the PBLT sandwich, which was a BLT with pork belly instead of bacon.It was great, albeit a bit greasy.

A DJ pumped up the crowd with his music and many of the visitors took advantage of the free water taxi around the harbor. As we came a little late, we opted out of that fun.

All in all, we had a great time and I’d love to come back some time to picnic in this awesome park. That’s definitely on my to-do-list for this summer.

Click through my gallery to see some more of the awesome pictures we took:

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Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary! + Happy Star Wars Day!

Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary! + Happy Star Wars Day!

IMG_6517I can’t believe it’s been this long already. Last Sunday (May 4th), one year ago, Justin and I got married in Las Vegas. It was pretty spontaneous and yet romantic. And now, it’s one year later. Coincidentally, our wedding anniversary falls on Star Wars Day (May the force/fourth be with you everyone!). I had never imagined that I would be married by 22, yet alone celebrate my first wedding anniversary. Fun fact: I’ve been married longer than Kim Kardashian!

It all started with a little surprise – a letter and a pink flower on my desk, perfectly fitting to the theme. First wedding anniversaries are called “paper anniversaries”.

 

In the afternoon, we decided to take a trip to Disneyland again. The crowd index was extremely high, so we didn’t get to ride many rides. We went on the Mad Tea Party ride, which I love so much. Especially in the dark when the lights on top are on. It’s super cute and fun.

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Later, we went to the Carthay Circle restaurant in Disney’s California Adventure. The food was amazing! We ordered spicy duck wings and biscuit balls filled with cheese and bacon as our appetizers. For our main course, Justin had a pork chop and I had a vegetarian risotto. But the greatest highlight was the wine soda! It’s handcrafted soda made of those grapes that also go into wine, such as Pinot Noir, Rosé or Cabernet. I’m definitely going to go on a hunt for those in the stores.

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After dinner, we went back to the Disneyland park and watched the fireworks. They are simply magical and if you’re ever in Disneyland you have to stay and enjoy them!

 

 

Disneyland – Annual Passes for the Happiest Place on Earth

Disneyland – Annual Passes for the Happiest Place on Earth

IMG_6496Disneyland – the happiest place on earth. Where people could get hurt and you wouldn’t even notice because they are the masters of deception. (And I’ve seen that happen before.)

Growing up, I’ve always wanted to live close to any of the theme parks but I was always too far away from them all. And let’s be honest: EuroDisney Paris just doesn’t have the same kind of charm.

Naturally, now that I’m living in LA, I’ve decided to invest in an annual pass, so I can go back there any time I would like. There is really no better place to forget about your every-day troubles.

 

Unfortunately, Disneyland isn’t quite DisneyWorld and there are days where I miss the Epcot park but I’m happy with what I got. Out of the two parks that we do have, I think I prefer Magic Kingdom (do we call it that in LA too?) – you know the regular Disney park.

The major difference between the two is that the amount of kids is significantly reduced in the California Adventure park. That’s in part because California Adventure is the first park that seems to be geared more towards adults. They are the only Disney park to serve alcohol – namely margaritas, wine and other cocktails. What’s interesting about that is, that it’s the only Disney park that allows alcohol. Walt never wanted the parks to serve any adult beverages, so they waited until he died to build a park that allows the consumption of alcohol.

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Bruschetta at Disneyland California Adventure

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Cocktails at Disney’s California Adventure

 

Regardless, I love spending time at Disneyland and I will make sure to spend every free moment there to make sure I really use that annual pass. So let me know, if you guys ever make it out there. Maybe I will see you there.

 

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California Peet at California Adventure

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Annual Pass