We partnered with Universal Studios Hollywood and went for our Summer visit this week. We had an absolute blast and it was all thanks to the Universal Express Pass. So if you’re asking, “is the Universal Express Pass worth it at Universal Studios Hollywood?” the answer is yes. It totally is!!! And here’s everything you can do with it: (more…)
Summer vacations might be officially over but Summer in Orange County is still in full effect. The kiddos and I got to attend Legoland Water Park for their last summer vacation outing. They were super excited since this was their first time visiting Legoland California. If you are newbies to Legoland like us it is good to know that Legoland Water Park is inside Legoland. We got to enjoy Legoland in the morning and cool off in the evening at the water park. It worked perfectly for us and was really convenient. Eventhough we could have spent all day at the water park, my kiddos are water babies. Here I have compiled the kids fave spots at the water park, plus our must eats.
Summer is just around the corner and we need something to beat the heat. A Mexican paleta seems to be the perfect remedy for it. Mexican paletas come in two categories, either agua o leche, and usually leche is a couple cents more. The traditional paleta is made with wooden sticks (you know it is made in-house if the wooden stick is crooked). I took on the very difficult task of finding and tasting the Best Paletas in Orange County. All in the name of good journalism. Here are the top five paleterias in Orange County.
La Michoacana Express
300 E. 4th St. #101 / Santa Ana
Leche: $2.50 Agua: $2.25
This place is brand new but it is proving to be worthy of the name La Michoacana. There are many with similar names, so do not be fooled. Each one is owned and operated differently. They offer a really good variety of agua and leche. Their best seller is mango con chile. I had the arroz con leche which was soo good. It was creamy and freckled with cinnamon all over. It is located in the heart of La Calle Cuatro or Downtown Santa Ana. This is a perfect place to enjoy a paleta on a bench while kids run around.
17292 McFadden Ave Suite G / Tustin
Leche: $2.25 Agua: $2.00 Tropical Fruits: $2.25
This is a family run paleteria, which you know means good homemade paletas. The family has been making them for generations. You can expect to find abuelo in the kitchen making, prepping and managing the whole system. He learned how to make awesome paletas from his youth in Michoacan. If you know paletas then you know the state of Michoacan in Mexico is the mecca of ice cream. They offer 63 flavors of water and milk based artisanal popsicles. Even a black one made from Zapote Negro. My daughter loved the circus cookie popsicle and I went for my usual coco de agua. It had huge coconut shavings and they use coconut water for the base. Yummers!!
Delicias De Mexico
13466 Harbor Blvd / Garden Grove
Leche: $2.00 Agua: $2.00
This place has won Best Paletas by local newspapers, many times. Just by being there you can tell, since it’s always busy. Even in the early morning when you wouldn’t expect it to be busy. They have such a following that customers come in weekly to stock up their freezers. They have 23 flavors all made in house. I loved their pineapple paleta, which has huge fruit chunks. They are famous for their membrillo and vanilla paleta which is so picture perfect. Membrillo is a jelly candy made from quince fruit, very traditional candy in Mexico. Give it a try next time your in Garden Grove.
Another great paleteria is La Flor De Mexico which won Best Paletas by OC Weekly and has great reviews on Yelp. This is due to the fact that they are homemade. They offer 50 flavors, which change periodically depending on what’s in season. They have traditional Mexican flavors, plus some more adventurous ones. I truly enjoyed a mango strawberry popsicle made with coconut water plus chia seeds. Their Beso de Angel ( Angel’s Kiss) is made with strawberry, cherry, marshmallows, almonds, and raisins.They have a true gift for combining flavors and making them super yummy. No wonder they are constantly a top popsicle maker in Orange County.
Paleteria La Flor De Michoacan
1750 S Main St / Santa Ana
Agua: $2.00 Leche: $2.50 Kids Mini: $1.00
This is hands down the BEST place, in my humble opinion, for a true Mexican popsicle. This means each popsicle is not cookie cutter perfect, like the sticks are a bit crooked and not every one is exactly rectangle. This is what makes them even more traditional. It takes me back to visiting Mexico and getting a paleta at the plaza (downtown). It was not the nicest shop or nicest looking paletas but surely the best. This is exactly what Paleteria La Flor De MIchoacan is. Their popsicles are made in house using fresh ingredients and family recipes. They even have a paleta of Tequila, just one of the many flavors. It is tucked away in a small run down shopping mall strip, don’t let this discourage you cause the popsicles are worth it. This place is voted over and over “Best Paletas” not only in Orange County but Southern California. My only complaint is that it’s only cash. La Flor de Michoacan is definitely a staple in Santa Ana for Best Paletas.
Doing the research for the Best Mexican Paletas was such hard work… but all in a days work for this blogging Mami. All five of these locations will not disappoint and especially on a sunny Southern California day. The great thing is that we get many of those, so more days to enjoy a yummy paleta. Let us know if we missed your favorite Mexican paleteria and we will enthusiastically try it. We might even add it to our list. Let us know if you go out and try these places… and share a picture with us. Happy eating!!
We started our trip on Saturday afternoon because knowing our chiclets, they would’ve been exhausted from walking by the time Electric Ocean made its nighttime debut. So we arrived at SeaWorld San Diego around 3 p.m. and started with a tour of the rescue center – our favorite part at SeaWorld!!!
Our visits to the park are carefully thought out by the amazing SeaWorld staff. Thankfully, they always include a short Behind-the-Scenes Tour that takes us to where all the action happens. This is where we see how SeaWorld rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild.
The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 29,000 animals in need over the last 50 years and while we were there, we saw a couple of sea lions that were being rehabilitated.
This tour is available to the public and can be found under “private guided tours” in their experiences section. The tour takes visitors to meet with a variety of animal professionals that share what SeaWorld does to help the many animals from the sea, and also how we can help the animals as well. There will be lots of reminders to pick up after yourself at parks, the dangers of letting balloons and plastic bags go up into the air, and what happens when people dump into the ocean. You’ll hear some heartbreaking stories of animals that were injured by things that could have been avoided. The tour will also give you a glimpse into what it takes to run SeaWorld and you’ll see why some of the team members have been a part of SeaWorld for over 10 years. The SeaWorld Behind-the-Scenes Tour is definitely and eye opening experience… and the chiclets will love it!
On this particular visit, we also had the pleasure of hanging out with green sea turtles (from a safe distance!). The turtles were not hurt, they were simply separated from the group because there were too many turtles in the tank out in the park.
p.s. I never knew a turtle could look so mean!
After the Rescue center, we cleaned our shoes so as not to contaminate other areas, and headed into the park.
I really really wish I would’ve gone on this ride, but the chiclet is under the height requirement of 54″ and I just couldn’t go on without him. I can’t wait to come back when he’s a little bit taller and be like the guy in the video below. LOL It’s going to be a blast!!! Quick note, you can purchase a single-use Express Entry (front-of-the-line access) for Electric Eel OR an alternative is to pick up a Quick Queue Premier ticket and have them add the express entry to Electric Eel. It’s a super popular ride (I can totally see why – it’s the tallest and fastest ride in San Diego!) so if you really want to do it, but don’t want to wait in line, this here is your treat.
Next up was the Sea Lions Live.
Sea Lions Live
Sea Lions Live is what you get when you cross PBS and Comedy Central – a hilarious and kitchy show about SeaWorld life, with the stars being sea lions. It is literally the funniest animal show that I have ever seen and I filmed it for you so you could see it too!!! Watch it and let me know what you think in the comments below.
After the show we decided to pick up dinner so we wouldn’t be hungry during Orca Encounter.
Dining at SeaWorld
The last two times we were at SeaWorld we were there early enough for Dine with Shamu, which we did. This time, we opted for a meal plan and I cannot say enough good things about SeaWorld’s dining plan.
The All-Day Dining Deal is the best deal you can get at the park because you get to eat at any of the six participating restaurants once every hour. Adults can get one entree, one side or dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage for only $35.99 plus tax. Children get a kids’ meal, one side or one dessert and one kids’ drink for $19.99 plus tax. Certain restaurant locations will also let you upgrade to get certain meal items, like the baby back ribs. The easiest part is that you’re given a wristband when you purchase the dining plan. So all you do is get the wristband scanned and you’re good to go! No need to balance your handbag and wallet, along with yours and your chiclet’s tray.
There are plenty of options available on their menu, and gluten-free and allergy sensitive menus are also available.
Once we were all filled up, we walked over to our reserved seats at Orca Encounter and checked out the show.
The Orca Encounter show is super cool and very informative. You get different facts displayed in the humongous screen in the background and the Orca trainers bring the different skills to life with the Orcas who participate in the show. We left with a lot more knowledge about the orcas than what we came in with, and we were in awe of their amazing skills. We knew it was going to be a great show, and so we decided to live stream it on Facebook for everyone to watch it with us. You can see the show here:
Finally, after the Orca Encounter show we walked over to our seats for the grand finale of our day – Electric Ocean.
Our last SeaWorld visit was also in June, and back then we missed Electric Ocean – we weren’t about to make that same mistake again! So we showed up about 15 minutes early and snagged some reserved seats and waited for the Cirque Electrique show to start. All I knew about the show was what I had seen in posters across the park – lights, water and some guy basically in a jetpack on the water. By the end of the night, the show had become the Hubster’s and I absolute fave!!!
SeaWorld San Diego’s award-winning nighttime spectacular—Electric Ocean—transforms the park this summer into a sea of glowing color and energy, inspired by the ocean! Electric Ocean ignites at SeaWorld on June 16 and lights up the park on select dates through Sept. 3, 2018.
I, of course, filmed it all. Partly because I wanted to see all the cool tricks again, and partly because my youngest chiclet kept dozing off but I knew that he wanted to see it. The show features different stunt performers and they do tricks on land, and in the water. Everything is choreographed to upbeat music and between that and the lights and the costumes, you’ll see that it’s a show that you MUST-SEE in person. If you make it to SeaWorld before September 3rd, make sure to see this show!!!
We wrapped up our night after Electric Ocean and headed back to our super comfy hotel room at The Dana on Mission Bay. The Dana is about 1.2 miles from SeaWorld San Diego so getting back took like basically no time at all. The next day, we enjoyed their delicious Sunday brunch and then headed back into the park by 10 a.m. (their opening time).
Our next day was filled with a lot of favorites, like exploring every aquarium in the park, conquering Manta and getting soaked on Shipwreck Rapids (three times!!!)
We had such a fantastic 24 hours at SeaWorld and we cannot wait to do it again!!! You can see more pictures and videos from myself and other fellow bloggers by searching the hashtag: #SeaWorldSummer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Thanks for reading, and we hope you can make it out to SeaWorld this Summer and enjoy everything that it has to offer.
Do you have a favorite SeaWorld attraction? Please share in the comments below!
SeaWorld is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 29,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.
1. Combine water, garlic, shallot, thyme, lemon, salt, and potatoes in stock pot. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 12-15 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
2. Drain potatoes and cool for 10 minutes.
3. Combine cornstarch, paprika, and cayenne in a small bowl. Set aside.
4. Smash potatoes gently between two baking sheets until they are in slightly flattened circles.
5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
6. Roll smashed potatoes in cornstarch mix and coat on all sides. Place on parchment lined baking pan and freeze for at least 2 hours.
FOR CAPER YOGURT:
1. Heat butter in small skillet over medium heat until melted. Add drained capers and cook for 5 minutes. Remove capers from butter and cool for 15 minutes.
2. Combine Greek yogurt, lemon zest and juice, and salt in a small bowl. Add reserved capers. Season with pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
FOR SMOKED PAPRIKA AÏOLI:
1. Combine mayonnaise, smoked paprika, lemon juice and zest, chives, and garlic in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
FOR POTATO SKINS:
1. Preheat oil in deep fryer to 350°F.
2. Drain capers and fry for 3-5 minutes, until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
3. Remove potatoes from freezer and fry for 3 minutes, until crispy.
4. Top potatoes with Manchego cheese, fried capers, and micro cilantro.
5. Serve with caper yogurt and paprika aïoli.
Pixar Pier opens to the public on Saturday, June 23rd!!! But yesterday, Disney invited me to a Pixar Pier sneak peek to showcase what’s to come (scroll down for more detailed info) and I’m SO excited for everyone to visit in person. It gives you the feeling of being in Pixar world – super trendy, cartoonish and just so much fun.
Watch the video below for a walk-through of Pixar Pier – and visit me on Instagram to see even more coverage!
Here are just a few highlights (thanks to Disney for the copy):
Things to do at Pixar Pier
Race with the Parr family on Incredicoaster, the new high-speed adventure at Pixar Pier: On this super-fast attraction (the fastest at the Disneyland Resort), guests are launched alongside the Incredibles on a mission to chase after the elusive baby Jack-Jack. Exciting character figures, special effects, lighting, new music and distinctively colored vehicles make the thrills on this coaster even more incredible.
Dine at Lamplight Lounge
Enjoy the stylish décor and California casual gastro-pub cuisine: The new restaurant welcomes the entire family with playfully presented food, unique signature cocktails and décor that celebrates the creativity, inspirations and personalities of the artists and storytellers who have brought Pixar films to life. The Disneyland Resort culinary team has also developed delicious new menu items such as the carne asada roll with roasted Fresno chili salsa, potato skins with brown butter-caper yogurt, and – for the budding artists – a creamy PB&J roll served with a flowerpot full of veggies, hummus and fresh fruit.
Test your skills at the Games of Pixar Pier
Four colorful and whimsical pay-per-play game booths offer guests the chance to win adorable Pixar prizes of all sizes. The nostalgic midway area includes the return of Bullseye Stallion Stampede along with three new games – La Luna Star Catcher, WALL•E Space Race, and Heimlich’s Candy Corn Toss – that provide fun for the entire family under festive awning canopies decorated with blinking carnival lights.
Take a spin on the Pixar Pal-A-Round
The focal point of Pixar Promenade, the Pixar Pal-A-Round celebrates the stories and friendships from many Pixar films. Each of the gondolas on the Pal-A-Round features a different Pixar pal and offers breathtaking views of Pixar Pier.
New eats and treats
New food offerings inspired by Pixar feature films and short films can be found throughout Pixar Pier, including:
• Poultry Palace – serving tasty chicken drumsticks and turkey legs
• Señor Buzz Churros – serving both “caliente” and regular churros
• Angry Dogs –serving spicy and not-so-spicy hot dogs
• Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums – serving freshly-baked cookies
• Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats –serving lemon, chocolate, and vanilla soft serve treats as well as the Pixar Pier Frozen Parfait
Encounter favorite Pixar Pals
Stroll around the various neighborhoods of Pixar Pier to meet many favorite Pixar characters including Edna Mode, Frozone, Russell and Dug and more!
Enjoy TripleDent Gum presents The Pixarmonic Orchestra
The seven-piece band will perform at the Pixar Pier bandshell with a fun, upbeat musical style that fits the Pixar tunes perfectly. The group performs a repertoire of songs using traditional instruments, as well as unconventional music makers such as cowbells, kazoos, duck calls, sirens and slide whistles.
Shop for new Pixar-themed merchandise and treats
As the primary destination at Pixar Pier for Pixar artistry, trinkets and knick knacks – of course – Knick’s Knacks offers new and limited-edition Pixar merchandise. Guests at this retail location also have the unique opportunity to purchase special Pixar art or take home a character sketch created by an on-location artist. Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff will open in late summer 2018, offering fun frozen beverages and delightful confections, including saltwater taffy and rainbow cotton candy.
This is a sponsored post in partnership with ALDI.
Father’s Day and the big game happened on the same day. You know… the big soccer event? Well with the Hubster being on the keto diet I wanted to make sure that I hosted a fabulous brunch that was keto-friendly AND budget-friendly. And yes, I did it!!! In partnership with ALDI, I created an amazing brunch menu that was great for our large crowd, and also under $40.
So here’s the thing with the keto diet – it’s low carb, high protein. Oh, and did I tell you that I’m doing the vegetarian version of it too? So it had to be something that I would also be able to consume (at least a portion of it).
Low carb party food
Our full menu and how I made it is down below. Got any questions? Please let them in the comments below! And don’t forget to scroll all the way down for a chance to win a $25 ALDI gift card!!!
Seasoned oven-baked drumsticks
Chicken Leg Drumsticks (patted dry with paper towel)
Preheat oven to 400°
In a Ziploc bag, combine spices and add chicken leg drumsticks. Mix until chicken is well-coated.
Place legs on an oil-sprayed baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Chicken is done when internal temperature is 165°.
Preheat over to 400 degrees.
Mix cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl.
Cut jalapeños in half and deseed. Fill with cheese mix.
Optional: wrap each stuffed jalapeño with a half a slice of bacon.
Arrange jalapeños on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
Bake for 15 minutes – or grill until cheese is melted and/or bacon is cooked.
Slice boiled eggs in half. Remove egg yolk.
Mix 1 part mustard, 2 parts mayonnaise in a bowl. Add egg yolks. (I used a stand mixer to blend until smooth.)
Fill egg whites with mix. Sprinkle with paprika.
We had a great spread, and I still had some in the kitchen to refill. Best of all – under $40!!! Of course, we had to make sure we were getting the best deal – so we did a bit of price comparisons:
Chicken drumsticks – ALDI ($5.00), Other ($9.21)
1 pound of strawberries – ALDI ($1.45), Other ($2.99)
Center cut bacon – ALDI ($3.89), Other ($5.99)
Blueberries – ALDI ($.75), Other ($2.99)
Frank’s Hot Sauce – ALDI ($2.49), Other ($3.99)
Organic celery hearts – ALDI ($1.45), Other ($2.29)
We did it all under budget because ALDI supermarkets offers the best quality foods at the lowest possible prices, with exclusive brands that are as good, or even better, than the best known brands in the market. Shoppers can save up to 50% any day of the year, compared to what we would spend at a leading competitor.
I mean… I always feel like I’m getting a bargain when I shop at ALDI, but seeing it in black and white is eye-opening. It’s true what they say, “ALDI-exclusive brands saves you up to 50% over national brands on the things you buy the most.” We’ve been shopping at ALDI since they first came to California back in 2016. Want to see what a typical ALDI experience is like? Check out our ALDI shopping experience photo journey.
If you haven’t gone to ALDI supermarkets yet, swing by, get to know them. It will totally become one of your favorite stores.
$25 ALDI gift card giveaway
So now… I challenge you to enter for a chance to win a $25 gift card giveaway to also host your own viewing party. Just think about how much you can purchase for $25 at ALDI (because you know you get a lot more for your money at ALDI versus other stores *wink*).
p.s. ALDI is full of keto finds!!! And the chiclets love them too.
Plus, this year Market Force has named ALDI once again —among US grocery stores— as the leader delivering to its clients more value for their money; an award ALDI has received for the last eight years.
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Kaiser Permanente.
The hubster and I are nearing our anniversary and one thing that has always been a constant bother is getting him to make his yearly check-ups. I always have to make his doctor visits, and really, he only goes because he feels forced. At my last girls night out, while all the girls drank wine and complained about their spouses, I mentioned this to the gals. They all responded with an unanimous, “Amen Sister.” I thought my hubster was the only one!!! This is why us women need to get ourselves educated in men’s health… and it’s why this guide for women on men’s health can be your go-to when scheduling your Hubster’s next doctors appointment.
Usually a visit once a year is satisfactory to go over general health and preventative care. I spoke to Dr. Mai from Kaiser Permanente Orange County and he talked about how important yearly check-ups are. What they’re really looking at is the current health status and how to prevent things from happening. It’s better to prevent. They check their blood pressure, cholesterol level and sugar level – especially if they have history in their family of diabetes.
I got some great tips on what the men should be asking at their appointment. Quick tip – write it out or text him the questions to make it easier for him to remember.
A guide for women on men’s health
Do I need blood work?
The hubster is in his late thirties and at age 35 is when doctors recommend to come in for routine blood testing. If he’s fasting before the appointment, it would be easier. Nice thing about Kaiser Permanente is that they can do it all in the same building. When it comes to my hubster, the easier the better. One more reason to love Kaiser!!!
When should I start getting screened for cancers?
I know talking about cancer can be scary but the biggest factor is early detection. For a regular physical exam in younger men, the doctor will examine the testicles because they start to see testicular cancer in males in their twenties. There’s no official guideline, this is just something that they do. Doctors focus on certain types of cancers later on, like at 50, they screen for colon cancer and prostate cancer. There’s a major taboo among men about getting a prostate exam and he will not want to make that appointment. Of course family history plays a major on when they screened for certain cancers. If the patient’s father had colon cancer at a younger age, then that would affect when they have to get it done. Make sure to keep up on these screenings.
What can I do to prevent diseases, like high blood pressure or diabetes?
Doctors always tell patients to eat well and exercise. Nowadays it’s all about maintaining a balance of both. He needs to think about how his health could be better. Many men say, “I work a lot of the time and I don’t have time to exercise.” Think about how often he should be exercising. Quality exercise involves maintaining a steady heart rate for an extended period of time, about a half hour per day. Reduce carbohydrates in the diet including in soda, alcohol and staples in the diet (bread, rice, tortilla, potatoes). They will give him his Body Mass Index score but it is nothing official – it’s more of a guideline. It’s only one part of the picture. Besides BMI, they look at blood pressure, the vital signs and that will give them an idea of the overall health.
A few more great things to know about men’s health
What do we need to know about vasectomy? There is no real age requirement because it is a lower risk than tubal ligation. It’s an outpatient procedure with better outcomes. The procedure would take about 10-15 minutes. It’s very short. There are different procedures and it depends on the training of the urologist.
What about skin care? Men tend to not care about skin care, which is a big mistake. Make sure you have a proper sunblock or protective equipment like a hat. Men should also use a moisturizer, along with lotion, since they don’t many have dry skin. It can lead to eczema and cracked skin. Ideally, men should wash their face with non-allergenic soap and use a moisturizer twice a day. (p.s. Hubster isn’t very good at skin care either LOL that’s where I come in).
What diet is good to combat men’s common health issues? A plant-based diet is getting a lot of talk these days. You are reducing the amount of carbs, but cutting down animal protein. You would instead focus on soy protein and lentils. The plant based diet is great since it lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart attack and diabetes. While doing a plant based diet, you can have carbohydrates as long as they’re “natural” carbs – like from fruit.
The Hubster started the Ketogenic diet recently. The doctor said that it works if you’re losing weight, but it’s not sustainable. It’s a large departure of what people usually do in their diets. So totally fine if he wants to do it for a while – but not recommended long term.
As wives, we are always making sure to take the niños to the doctor. We can’t forgot that the men in our lives also need some help when it comes to their health. Dr. Mai explained how women play a major role in their husbands health. We know men will be hesitant to make appointments and take action so a little push is just for their own well-being. I plan to celebrate many more anniversaries with the hubsters so I need to keep him healthy!!!
This post is in partnership with Knott’s Berry Farm.
We experienced our first Knott’s Berry Farm trip of the season over the weekend and we had a blast (as always). Our ultimate goal was to enjoy the summer treats at Knott’s Berry Farm, but before that, we met up with my nephew, his girlfriend and their baby there because they hadn’t been to Knott’s in years. And, of course, we HAD to show them around!!! We started at Ghost Town for Ghost Town Alive! and once the chiclets got their mustaches, played cards with the sheriff and picked up some new cowboy hats, we headed to the Boardwalk to go on the new HangTime ride.
My youngest chiclet and I had already been on it – but the other ones hadn’t. So yeah… that had to happen. I couldn’t wait to see their expressions when they got off the ride. It was priceless!!! The new HangTime ride lives up to the hype and is worth the wait. However, if you pick up a FastLane Pass – you get to go on a special line and head straight to the front. Also, the ride pictures are included if you have a FunPix season pass – another investment that’s worthwhile.
The rest of the day was filled with more rides, checking out the different spots in the park, and enjoying the new “Beach Blanket Beagle” show at the Charles M. Shultz Theatre.
But here comes the delicious part – I made sure to get ALL THREE NEW SUMMER TREATS that Knott’s Berry Farm is offering this season!!! Check ’em out:
Summer Treats at Knott’s Berry Farm
The HangTime milkshake is made with blue soft serve ice cream and topped with a sugar cookie. To order, head to Coasters and choose “shakes” from the ordering screen.
* available at Coasters Diner at the Boardwalk – $6.59
Mango Chamoy ICEE
The Mango ICEE is served with a chamoy sauce drizzle all around the cup and served with a tamarindo candy straw. If you want the Tajin seasoning, you’ll have to ask for it on the side. They’ll give you a tiny packet and you can top it off.
* available at the frozen lemonade cart next to Montezooma’s Revenge – $5.79
Dulce De Leche Churro Bites
The handmade churro bites are served with dulce de leche cream that is great for dipping. You get six churro bites in a cone, and the dipping sauce sits on top.
* available at the Gourmet Churro Factory in Ghost Town – $6.59
These new treats at Knott’s Berry Farm are available for a limited time only.
Where to stay in Buena Park
Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel – our first choice because it’s literally within the resort. Your hotel stay also includes parking and if you book the Snoop room, Snoopy himself tucks you in (plus, you get two Snoopy plushies).
I made the best boysenberry sangria over the weekend. It was also my first time making sangria!!! I didn’t realize how easy it was to make it – especially one that tastes like it comes from the farm.
This boysenberry sangria recipe came directly from the awesome folks at Knott’s Berry Farm, one of the last times I was there for the Boysenberry Festival. I made sure to stock up on the boysenberry concentrate before coming home, knowing that I needed to make this as soon as possible.
Want to make it at home? Here’s the boysenberry sangria recipe:
Summer Boysenberry Sangria Sparkler Recipe
• 1 gallon Knott’s Berry Punch
• 1/2 gallon grape cranberry juice
• 1 bottle red wine
• 1 bottle white wine
• 5 cups lemon-lime flavored, caffeine-free soda, chilled
• 2 cups diced season fruit
1. In a large pitcher, mix all of the ingredients together. Cover the pitch and refrigerate for at least four hours, or preferably overnight. When ready to serve, top off the berry sangria with lemon and lime flavored, caffeine-free soda.
2. Stir gently to combine. Taste and add more if desired. Scoop a few pieces of fruit into each glass when serving.
A few tips:
Get a gallon of water and pour out one third of the water. Fill with boysenberry concentrate to make the one gallon of boysenberry punch.
Two apples and an orange was enough diced fruit for the sangria.
Half a gallon equals eight cups.
We enjoyed this boysenberry sangria on the same day we made it (after letting it chill for four hours) as well as the following day. I highly recommend you make it the day prior to the day you plan to drink it because it did taste even better after it had been sitting in the fridge overnight.
If you’re impatient, you can always add ice (though I would lessen the amount of water in the Knott’s Berry Punch because it’ll make it too watery).