June 7, 2013
Legoland (One Legoland Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008) is about 3o minutes away from our house. When Alani was a toddler, we had annual passes and took her there a lot.
We haven’t been to Legoland in over six years because we shifted to having other amusement park annual passes. On May 11, 2013, we ventured back to Carlsbad to check out the new Legoland Hotel. For this visit, our hotel package included one night in a premium room, breakfast for four at Bricks Family Restaurant, and four 2-day tickets with access to all three parks: Legoland, Legoland Water Park, and Sea Life Aquarium.
With three different themed-sleeping rooms to choose from–Pirate, Adventure, and Kingdom, we chose the Pirate premium room. The “premium” room included extra theming and LEGO features in our room.
The kids sleeping area had a bunk bed with pull out trundle bed to accommodate three kids.
The kids’ area was in a separate area from our queen bed.
The theming in the room included artifacts made of LEGO, of course.
We ate dinner and breakfast at Bricks Family Restaurant inside the hotel. It’s a buffet open for breakfast and dinner, which makes it easier to satisfy hungry kids and parents. After a day at Legoland, it was convenient to eat without having to drive.
The food options are kid-friendly with offerings of pizza, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, among other selections.
Our kids enjoyed their dinners. Rigel liked getting his own hot dog, pizza, and even the veggies.
Alani ate pasta with tomato sauce and meatballs, one of her favorite dishes.
However, the selections for adults are not so great, especially for someone trying to eat lots of vegetables and minimal gluten or starchy foods. The greens at the Caesar salad bar were the only green leafy vegetables I could find.
The desserts included cookies, strawberry shortcake, pudding, fruit cups, fresh fruit, and a frozen yogurt bar.
Both kids gave the Bricks Family Restaurant and Legoland Hotel two thumbs up.
One of our family’s favorites at Legoland was Miniland, especially the area with the Star Wars scenes. It is so cool that people get paid to build awesome LEGO structures, like those found in Miniland.
It is heartening to know that maybe someday, Rigel can take his love for building with LEGOs and perhaps get a job doing it. Well, a mother can dream.
For Star Wars fans, the Star Wars Days at Legoland are June 15 and 16, 2013. This year, a life-size, 5 million-piece X-Wing Fighter will be landing at Legoland starting on June 13th. The San Diego Union Tribune reports it took 32 “master model builders” a combined 17,336 hours over four months to build the X-Wing, which weighs more than 45,000 pounds, is 11-feet tall and 43 feet long with a 44-foot wingspan. I want to go back just to see this masterpiece!
And for something completely different…the restroom review:
The Legoland Hotel just opened a couple of months ago and the bathroom inside our room was pristine.
The bathrooms inside Legoland are clean as well. I believe there are diaper changing stations available.
September 29, 2012
Cucina Urbana (505 Laurel St. in San Diego) is my go-to restaurant with local friends, out-of-town guests, and anyone who wants to go with me. But during these visits, I did not have the kids with me.
At a recent dinner with a friend from New York, I discovered even more to love about Cucina Urbana. They offer kids a ‘build-your-own-pizza pie’ menu option. It’s a personal size, half-baked pizza crust that kids can add tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.
Building their own pizza keeps my kids entertained. And they end up eating their whole dinner with delight because they had a hand in preparing the food. Genius!
Rigel prefers his pizza with no tomato sauce, just cheese and pepperoni. And he’s thrilled to be able to make his pizza the way he likes it.
July 21, 2012
Warning: No kids participated in this dining experience. While I love my children, I was not ready to take a 6- and 8-year old to a 5-hour meal. Good choice for all involved. However, the experience was too extraordinary and I had to share. Enjoy!
June 29, 2012
FoodGPS introduced me to the Carnitas Snack Shack (2632 University Avenue, North Park, San Diego, CA 92104) when they first opened. This place is now one of my favorite eateries in San Diego. The menu changes daily to include seasonal vegetables like roasted brussel sprouts or green beans and other specialty items like lamb tacos or short rib stuffed potato pancakes. I like being surprised by what new items are on the menu each time.
My go to always-on-the-menu items are the Shack Pork Sandwich and Panzanella Salad.
After going on a 14-day Transatlantic Disney cruise in 2010, we were hooked. For our second Disney cruise, we chose the 3-night Bahamian cruise (from February 2-5, 2012) with stops in Nassau and Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island) on the Disney Dream just so we could try out the “new” ship. Our cruise left from Port Canaveral, Florida, which meant we flew from San Diego to Orlando on February 1st, spent the night, and then the next day took a 45-minute shuttle from our hotel to the port.
When we arrived at the port, the check-in process was so smooth. Porters greeted our shuttle and took our luggage. We went through security with only a minimal wait. Then to get our cruise cards, we were directed to the Silver Castaway line (for those who are repeat Disney cruisers) and went right up to the counter, no wait. After we got all of our cruise cards, we walked onto the ship, got changed into swimsuits and off to ride the AquaDuck!!
February 1, 2012
Though we live two hours away, we had to partake in dineLA Restaurant Week (happening now through Friday, 2/3, in the Los Angeles area) and score our 3-course meal for $44 at LAWRY’S The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills. Alani and Rigel were willing to embark on the long car ride because we were meeting up with Auntie Stacey and Josh for dinner.
January 25, 2012
To celebrate Chinese New Year’s Eve on 1/22, we chose KENSINGTON GRILL (which Harlen and I had visited for the first time a few weeks ago) in San Diego. It was the first time eating at this restaurant for our kids and my mom.
When we arrived, we discovered San Diego Restaurant Week was extended another week (Jan 21 – 27) and we could get a three-course meal for $30. Awesome!