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Raving About Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor

1 Jul

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Seeking thrills, fun, and excitement? Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor are the best places to spend a fun-filled day of water slides, roller coasters, and everything else this rave-worthy theme park has to offer. Over the weekend, Face, Marshall, my bf and I went to the park on a VIP tour, which is ultimate (and most efficient way) to enjoy the day. We opted for the tour option that including the water park, since it was a 100 degrees. Once we got to MM, we pulled up to VIP parking, and our guide, Gabriel, met us, lead is in, and set us up with a cabana. We couldn’t wait to get into the water, so I started the day feeling a little daring and took the plunge on the appropriately named slide, Daredevil Plunge. Next, Gabriel took us to the front of the line on the Tornado, which all of us rode together on a yellow, four-person tube. This slide was so fun that we had to do it again immediately. We all ate a quick snack, and went on more slides: Secret Passage, a slide that is completely dark inside that twists and turns at high velocity, and Venom, the scariest slide in the entire park. Although Venom is only a 2 second ride, the vertical drop will leaves our adrenaline pumping and an experience that we will never forget. HH closed at 6pm, and we changed and headed to MM, leaving us with four hours in the self-proclaimed Trill Seeking Capital of the World. On a really hot day, like it was, going to MM during the evening (although still hot) was a good call. With the VIP tour, our guide leads us through the exit of the ride, and allows us to go on any seat, with no wait time and we can ride as many times as we like. Our first coaster, which we rode twice in a row, is the newest in the park, opening just last weekend, called Full Trottle. It is the fastest, tallest looping coaster in the world and it’s absolutely incredible! We headed to Goliath, which is a must-ride at MM, and followed up with two other coasters that I hadn’t been on previously: Green Lantern and Lex Luther’s Drop of Doom, both of which were super intense and mind blowing. The view on top of Drop of Doom is so beautiful, especially at sunset, but couldn’t be thoroughly enjoy while anticipating a drop that leaves our stomachs in knots. The last ride of the night was on Tatsu, a ride that makes us feel like we’re flying. Also included in the tour is all food and beverage that we could consume. I got to enjoy a veggie and fruit platter, corn on the cob, French fries, Dip and Dots, and sour candy. We also took home commemorative ride photos as souvenirs, showing just how much we all had. This was my fourth tour at MM, and every time has been an unbelievably great experience. I also highly recommend X2, and the Daredevil bungie (that usually costs more, but is included with a tour) and playing the carnival games, that we didn’t get to this time around. There is so much to do (and eat) and at MM and HH, that having a guide that get us food and get us on the rides without a wait saves us so much time and is incredibly convenient. I also have to rave about Gabriel, the best guide we’ve ever had. Thanks to him, we left the park raving that we had SO MUCH FUN and definitely felt like Very Important People.

Friendsgiving Craves and Savors

24 Jun

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Shouldn’t we be able to make our own holidays? It only seems right to have a day to celebrate friendship, so we and some friends of ours all got together at Di’s fantastic new place for a Friendsgiving potluck dinner to eat great food and enjoy the company of one another. We scarfed down some flavor cravers: catered Persian food from Raffi’s, homemade Spaghetti, a crazy good zucchini and asparagus medley, spinach and cheese pastries, ice cream cookies, homemade Tiramisu, fresh strawberries, a Mexican chocolate pie from the Pie Hole, and we were able to wash everything down with some wine and liquor. Friendsgiving also wouldn’t be right with out getting a little silly, so we played Heads-Up, an application on iTunes (which every one should download and play) which is like a high-tech version of headbands and the Cranium board game WOW edition. For Cranium, we split the group into two, the “C-words” (those who like girls) and the “D-words,” (those who like boys). While I don’t think we ever finished the game, playing was better and far more entertaining than winning anyway (usually said from the the people who didn’t win, but really, playing was better!). Although there was never a successful attempt at either team spelling a word backwards correctly, and accusations of cheating, we had had a blast and got to know each other a little better. Our team also discovered our best subject, MINDMELD, where team members are given a topic and must each write down three words that come to mind. The team wins if at least two (but changed to three) members match a single word. You’d think that’s easy to do, but from the topic Cruise Ship, I thought of Ocean, Vacation, and Food, while Jax wrote Gambling, Bikinis, and Hooking-Up. Hilarious! At least three of the five of us had Ocean come to mind. We ended the night on a high note, with a lip syncing contest (with words, not a lip-reading contest… inside joke), and although we didn’t want the night to end, there were so many moments we savored. Plus, the great thing about Friendsgiving is that it can be celebrated multiple times a year.

Craves and Savors From The Original Pantry Cafe

9 Jun

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Who loves breakfast? I do! And so do a set of four year old twins that already know what their cravings are in the mornings. My bf, his sister, brother in-law, the kiddies and I went to The Original Pantry Cafe in Los Angeles for breakfast and there was a line that almost wrapped around the building, it was so long. It’s safe to assume that every one waiting to eat also loves breakfast, and they all must also love The Original Pantry. While waiting to get in the door, I hear Evita say, “I want pokey eggs” (eggs sunny-side up, that you can poke and the yoke runs out) and DeAngelo say, “I want pancakes.” After the wait, we all wanted anything and everything on the menu! We finally made our decisions, and ordered. My cravings for coffee, apple juice, two eggs over easy, breakfast potatoes, and French toast overpowered the other cravings, but having an option for a combination of three items and two beverages also helped. Those potatoes are honestly the best breakfast potatoes ever! I think I know why so many people were lined up out front. The French toast with maple syrup was also savory, but nothing was savored more than the time spent with the people I shared breakfast with. What’s not to love about a delicious breakfast when we’re with people we love?

Raving About Subic Bay and Gerry’s Grill

6 May

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What do most people do to get out of town and away from the hustle and bustle, the noise, and the sea of grey concrete of a big city? One option would be to head to the beach, to see the blue ocean and a backdrop of lush greenery. Subic Bay offers just that nice charge of scenery, just two hours away from metro Manila, driving on a road full of one pay toll after another. That’s where (thanks to Jax’s Dad, Mr. R) Jax, Di, their husbands and relatives, and Lin and I went to enjoy the day to relax, hang out, and ride jet skis. After a few hours on the beach and in the ocean, we ordered Filipino food from Gerry’s Grill. I had a refreshing Filipino drink called Sago’t Gulaman, and we all shared Pancit Bihon, Kangkong Ala Pobre, Green Mango with Bagoong, Calamares, and Tuna Belly. I couldn’t be in the Philippines and not leave without having Halo Halo, so I took advantage of the opportunity to order this amazing dessert topped with Ube Ice Cream. While it is considered summer here in the Philippines, we all had fun in the sun like it was spring break.