Sunday, October 20, 2013

Walking at Disneyland and California Adventure

If you follow me on Instagram or like my Facebook page, you already know that we celebrated the kid’s 6th birthday with a trip to Disneyland. Recently, there have been many reminders of how short and unpredictable life is, and we therefore made the decision to celebrate hubby’s and the kid’s birthdays big. But celebrating life is really about cherishing every day and all the “little moments” for the gift it is, and I certainly strive to do that (some days more successfully than others…).

We visited Disneyland for one day when the kid was 3, which was enough at the time. This time we spent two days in California Adventure and Disneyland and did a lot of walking between the parks. We had a lot of steps at the end of each day. The kid was excited that he got his first Fitbit 25,000 steps badge, and I finally got my first 20,000 steps badge.

Fitbit Disneyland Day 1Fitbit Disneyland Day 2

While it was crowded, I think for Disneyland the crowds were not bad (we visited Thursday and Friday), and we actually didn’t wait very long for rides and got to see a lot. We got to the park right before opening each day and got back to our hotel around 7:30 p.m. each night.


Since we flew to Orange County, I couldn’t pack as much food as I normally do. I only took bananas, apples, almonds, and trail mix. Our hotel offered breakfast, but there wasn’t much I could eat as it was very sugar and bread heavy. They had plain cottage cheese every day. One morning they also had oatmeal and another day sausage patties. I supplemented that with a banana and almonds. 

I planned our lunches before we left for the trip and made reservations at two restaurants. I thought it would be important to sit down for a while and recharge with some quality food in the middle of the day. If I didn’t plan our lunches, I knew we would get hungry at one point and likely grab a not-so-healthy meal.

On Thursday, we ate at Blue Bayou, the restaurant you can see from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I had been wanting to eat there ever since the older kid was little. It was a splurge, but it was worth it. The cool, dark, quiet restaurant was exactly what we needed after a fun-packed morning at Disneyland.


I didn’t make reservations until 1:30, and lunch really was lunch and dinner. I didn’t take a picture of my food as it was so dark, but I was very happy with it. I had the salmon on top of risotto. Before the meal, they served a very good salad.

On Friday, we had reservations at Wine Country Trattoria in California Adventure. When I looked at their menu, I liked that they offered numerous salads. We started the meal by splitting the mozzarella and tomato salad. The kid claimed all the yellow tomatoes and most of the mozzarella.For my entrée, I chose a tasty salad with shrimp. For dessert, hubby and I split the panna cotta. We also splurged on something else than our regular water: an IPA for hubby, a glass of Prosecco for me, and chocolate milk for the kid. We decided to sit inside, and, again, the cool, quiet space was exactly what we needed to recharge our batteries for an hour.

Tomato Mozzarella SaladShrimp SaladPanna Cotta

I’m very glad I made the decision to make reservations before the trip to eat at these restaurants. While the meals weren’t cheap, the food was good quality and worth it. Plus, we didn’t really spend money on other food in the park, except for some ice cream for hubby and the kid on Thursday and a rice dish hubby and the kid split. We also didn’t spend any money on souvenirs other than a Simba pillow pet for the kid. I’d rather spend money on good food than other things. 

While I’m happy with the way we ate on the trip, I know I haven’t gotten as many greens in the last few weeks as I usually do. With hubby’s birthday party prep and then planning for our Disneyland trip right afterward, our meals were less than stellar, and I actually didn’t go to the grocery store last week and just used up what we had. I’m therefore really looking forward to the Conscious Cleanse, which starts on Nov. 2. It’ll be a great time to really clean up our eating and make greens once again the star of every meal. I’ve also not been starting every day with warm lemon water, and getting back to it will be nice. I always feel a lot better when I drink it. I’m looking forward to staring the holidays feeling my best this year!

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? What’s on your menu this week? Here is what we’ll be having: roasted veggies, spaghetti squash and ground beef casserole, salmon, pizza with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and brie cheese, ground turkey with mushrooms, and lots and lots of raw veggies and salads.

Be well,
Andrea

30 comments:

  1. SO fun! We are dying for G to be old enough to enjoy Disneyland. I can't wait. It seems like the kid is the perfect age!
    I love the Blue Bayou :) My brother and I used to like going as kids and trying to figure out, "are we inside or outside?!"

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    1. Yes, 6 is a great age! I think he was actually a bit scared on some rides but also proud to be tall enough to go on them (Indiana Jones and Startours).

      The Blue Bayou was such a nice experience. Just what we needed in the middle of the day...

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  2. P.S. Is your spaghetti squash/ground beef casserole recipe on the blog?

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    1. I'm actually planning on posting the recipe soon. I made it a couple of times but was always too lazy to photograph it, etc.

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  3. That looks like a blast!!!! Congrats on your step badges!!!

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! We had a great time.

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  4. Couldn't have gone better. The kid and I are so very lucky... :)

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  5. so so so fun.
    we need to get back to anaheim :-)
    time to check the bank acct....

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    1. Yes, lots of fun but not cheap...

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  6. I'd rather spend money on good food than other things too!

    It looks like you all had a great time and took lots of steps.

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    1. Yes, we had a great time and getting all the steps in was an added bonus! :)

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  7. I live pretty close to Dland - saw your pics but did not want to intrude! :) Dland is a crazy place so glad you had days that were not too busy. Fun to see the Halloween decorations! I bet you were saving up for that! Getting dang expensive every year to go there! At least go got all that walking in! :)

    I have eaten at the Blue Bayou years ago - not recently but enjoyed the calm from that outside craziness! Downtown Disney is fun too! :)

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    1. We weren't there very long, but I would have loved to meet you in person! :) I planned the Disneyland trip in January, and it took up a big part of our vacation budget... But I think the kid is the perfect age, and I'm glad we got to go.

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  8. Happy Birthday to your guys! Looks like so much fun - and how great that it wasn't all that crowded.

    We had a quiet weekend at home - just what we needed to recharge for a crazy week ahead.

    I made chili and a veggie soup ahead for the week, we had big salads with three kinds of beans for dinner tonight. Lots more veggies to eat up the rest of the week.

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    1. I'm looking forward to a quiet(ish) weekend. Even though we had a great time, it's been crazy the past few weeks.

      Your meals sound good!

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  9. What a great trip! Great idea to make reservations for lunch too. And I hear you on the first paragraph. I try to cherish everyday, been doing that since 2000 when my Dad passed away.

    I've already had portabello and watercress salad on Saturday. Sunday I made roasted tomatosoup and strawberry-almondcrumble. Yesterday we had endive. Tonight fresh corn and tomorrow a dish with red cabbage.

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    1. Your meals sound great! It seems like your veggie box is really working out great for you!

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  10. I love Disneyland! Looks like you had a great time!
    The Blue Bayou is so fun! We splurged when I was a bit older and had dinner there. It's so fun to see the ride while eating!

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    1. Yes, the Blue Bayou is a very fun dining experience. I was really surprised how quiet and relaxing it was.

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  11. Awwwww your kid is adorable :) I haven't been to Disneyland since.... I was little! I would love to go back with my partner and I heard there are vegan options there...so it is a must to try!

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    1. Thanks!

      It's a lot of fun! :) I think you can find good food that fits your diet at Disneyland if you do some research and planning ahead of time.

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  12. I've been enjoying your Fitbit updates on FB! (And I have a Fitbit in my Amazon cart, awaiting the holidays ;) ) It looks like you had a lot of fun at Disneyland. We sort of missed each other by a couple of weeks! When I was visiting my sister in OC, I could see the Disneyland fireworks from her house every night.

    The food you ate looks amazing, but I can see what you mean about looking forward to more greens :) I'd say there wasn't much of a highlight last weekend (it was stressful!), but I've been cooking a lot this week to make up for it, and that's been glorious!

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    1. I'm pretty sure you'll love the Fitbit! :) Since we now all have Fitbits, we love looking and comparing our stats at night! :)

      Sorry the weekend was stressful, but yeah for cooking! It always makes me feel better.

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  13. Oh, you have to love how your little son claimed all of his favorite yellow tomatoes. You ate lovely food, but really healthy overall too. People think that combo of delicious and healthy can't be done, but you seem to do it most of the time.

    I always think that you seem like such an in-tuned mother. Your son loves healthy food, and fitness, and general family exploration. So great. :-)

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    1. Yes, I definitely think that delicious and healthy can be done. As you know, I do have rules of course and really try to balance out any splurges and have an overall focus on veggies (which I love).

      I'm happy with the way the kid eats now, but he was actually quite "difficult" for a while there and totally different from our older son. I now realize that I was somewhat spoiled by our older son, who just ate whatever I ate without being picky. The kid always liked a handful of veggies and fruits (broccoli, avocado, watermelon, bananas, blueberries), but there was a time when that's pretty much all he wanted to eat. A much too narrow range of veggies... I had to be patient and try new strategies. Having four kids, I'm sure you know how different they all are... He is actually taking a kid's cooking class right now and is very proud of learning how to cook all kinds of foods. :)

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  14. Hmmm, just wrote a long comment and it got deleted :( I will just write what I wrote at the end, our menu for tonight (with CHEESE, as you saw on Instagram!). We are having carrot soup, shredded BBQ chicken with red onion and cilantro on garlic naan, and then pumpkin ice cream with a coconut "cream" sauce!

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    1. Your menu sounds delicious! And your husband's cheese choices were too funny! :)

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  15. What a wonderful way to celebrate his 6th birthday - I can believe he's that old already! I think you did a great job based on where you were and hotel accommodations and everything - you'll feel so great during your cleanse!

    I myself can't believe I went a whole weekend without a glass of wine - but I was totally fine with it, although my husband kept saying "gosh, wouldn't a glass of wine taste so good now!" while he was drinking his beer! I also didn't eat one Frito he was eating either - will of steel I have!!

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    1. Great job on no wine! :)

      I pretty much stopped drinking alcohol after I did my first Conscious Cleanse in January, and I really don't miss it anymore. A lot of times in the past I would reach for a glass of wine pretty much on "auto pilot," like when I was grilling. I "had to have" some wine. Now I have lemon water and truly don't miss the wine. I obviously had a glass of Prosecco at the kid's birthday lunch and maybe a handful of glasses at various other times since January.

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