Where to Eat
If you're looking for ideas where to take the family for lunch or dinner, here are some family-friendly places I have tried.
We have visited the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Show in Buena Park several times now and and every time, we have a blast! The show is fun, family-friendly, and it includes dinner. As we walk through the Court of Flags, they crown us, and we instantly feel like we are in for a great adventure! One of the first things we did upon entry is meet Princess Catalina for a photo opportunity. This varies between the King, a Knight, or Princess. The printed keepsakes are optional to buy and distributed later in the show.
85 °C Bakery Cafe, an Asian-Euro fusion bakery, has 15 locations in the Los Angeles and Orange County area with their newest local location in Koreatown, and their 1,000th global location in Houston! Their name comes from the perfect temperature to brew coffee 85C (185F). Originating from Taiwan in 2003, their first US store is located right here in OC - Irvine (2008). I remember a time when they had long lines out the door like you would see at popular nightclubs. It was astonishing, and it was like that all the time. They always have at least 60 baked bread items and 60 types of pastries available throughout the day TIP: Always ask if they have a fresh batch of your favorite bread, some times they don't fill the shelves fast enough and they will always give it to you if they have it. All their breads is baked fresh in house every 4 hours all day. Their top selling items include brioche, marble taro, iced sea salt coffee, and mango crème brûlée. They have over 40 drink options and variations. You can also get any drink with boba. I, for one, just love their Sea Salt Coffee (Americano coffee, sea salt, and sweet cream), and I get it with "less sugar." Hint: You can get 85 cents Iced Sea Salt Coffee on Coffee Mondays.
Southern California’s destination for authentic Philly Cheesesteaks and Hoagies, Philly’s Best Cheesesteaks, is celebrating summer with their new BBQ menu featuring four items smothered in smoky-sweet BBQ sauce! It's available through the end of August at all 21 Philly’s Best locations across the Southland! PLUS there's a contest right now for tickets to an Angels vs. Phillies game but you have to enter by July 26th. Get the details below!
- BBQ Cheesesteak – Thinly sliced steak tossed in smoky BBQ sauce with melted white American cheese on an authentic Amoroso roll. Available with or without grilled onions.
- BBQ Chicken & Cheese – Thinly sliced chicken tossed in smoky BBQ sauce with melted white American cheese on an authentic Amoroso roll. Available with or without grilled onions.
- BBQ Burger – Juicy all-beef patty topped with white American cheese, crispy golden onion rings and smoky BBQ sauce on an authentic Amoroso Kaiser roll.
- BBQ Salad – Thinly sliced chicken or steak tossed in smoky BBQ sauce with melted white American cheese, crispy fried onion strings and sliced tomatoes atop a bed of fresh lettuce and served with ranch dressing
Last month my family and I were invited to experience the new educational student matinee show at Medieval Times' Buena Park Castle. Besides stating the obvious that it is an early show for children, the show focuses on real situations that our youth may face today like bullying, victims of gossip, and being unkind - just doing things that may hurt others. The first 20-minutes of the show include storylines that introduces "The Code of Chivalry" which are a set of rules established thousands of years ago to govern the conduct of the noble class to establish fairness, respect, compassion and understanding. Here are some of the scenarios:
- Looking down on the poor instead of offering assistance and compassion.
- Treating others differently or making fun of them, because they looked or dress differently.
- Gossiping, saying unkind things, or spreading false rumors when we weren't their to witness it for ourselves.
"The Code of Chivalry teaches us to protect the weak, be loyal to our friends, and fight wrong when we encounter it." - The King, Medieval Times
Specializing in French-inspired goods, PARIS BAGUETTE opened their 55th U.S. store last month in Aliso Viejo, and we got checked it out during their Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with local city officials. They are located in the Aliso Viejo Town Center and it is also their first store in South Orange County. It has modern decor with outdoor seating. It is one of the nicest one I have been to. This is how you order - grab tongs and fill up a tray with pastries, then head over to the counter to order signature coffee, drinks, cakes, sandwiches, or salads. Everything I tried was delicious. There are 10 macarons variety at Paris Baguette Aliso Viejo. Perfect for any occasion, they have pretty gift set boxes for 4 or 8. They also carry options that are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free. Today, there are more than 2,700 locations worldwide and they began franchising last year. For more information, please visit their website at www.ParisBaguette.com.
You might have heard about the Madagascar vanilla bean being in short supply due to the storms. Well, YOGURTLAND was able to secure the Madagascar vanilla needed for this new flavor, "Rare Madagascar Vanilla", but it will only be in U.S. stores for one week - June 26 through July 1, 2017 or while supplies last! Known for it's creamy, sweet, and smooth flavor, pure Bourbon Vanilla Beans are extracted used a cold press method and will be featured in the handcrafted "Rare Madagscar Vanilla"! It is delicious! Yogurtland is proud to use real ingredients sourced in their original locations in their recipes because they want it to taste like the real thing. For more information about Yogurtland, please visit their website at www.yogurt-land.com.