I have never celebrated Mardi Gras before but I heard there was an awesome food and drinks tour and was all in. The Mardi Gras Beads, Bites and Booze trip took place in Downtown San Diego. Once equipped with your ticket and of course colorful beads you were left to take a self guided walking food trip.
Each place was decked out with different Mardi Gras decor to get everyone in the spirit. Each place offered a delicious bite and an accompanying drink. We got a nice work out to burn some of that food that was consumed by visiting different places. Many of the places had a Mardi Gras inspired dishes. From New Orleans, Indian, Mexican, American and cuban the variety in the bites and drinks meant there was something for everyone. I love all the different vibes and decor from all the different restaurants and bars.
Here are some of the delicious food we got to sample. This is from the first stop where you pick up your ticket. This was from Florent in Downtown, San Diego. Since it was Mardi Gras inspired we had to start off with jambalaya. This may seem like just rice, but man did it have a kick to it. The ambiance here was also exciting as the entrance had a New Orleans style retro band playing live music. The next place is the newest addition to downtown called Havana 1920. Lots of colorful ambiance with mismatching furniture. This place had the option of trying a Spinach and cheese empanada, Shrimp Taco, and a cuban sandwich. Wow the sandwich was delicious and different than most sandwiches. The crust was not airy and had this nice crisp. Inside was pulled pork and ham which was an interesting combination topped with mustard, pickles, and cheese. It was accompanied with a cuba libre made with real sugar Mexican coke. At the Tin Roof they had Shrimp Po’boys. The sandwiches had a bit of a kick to them with those spices. The ambience was the best here. Live music playing lots of popular 2000 songs. There was even some what healthy bites with these pancetta balsamic brussels sprouts. These were delicious, nice and crispy with lots of flavor. There was some interesting drinks to try here that was chai tea flavored alcohol. This was one of the best stops because I love dessert. This is butterscotch pudding from Spikes. At first I was not even going to grab any because I thought it was flan. I’m glad I did it was delicious and smooth creamy bottom topped with salted butterscotch. Wow I was literally stuffed by the end of the day. I did not even eat anything after that. There was also a secret party afterwards with drinks if you visited 10 locations or more, but honestly we were tired and deep in food coma. Had a ton of fun trying out this event for the first time. I can not believe we went to all the stops but one.
Skin care is something new to me and I am slowly discovering what a difference it makes. I decided to go get a facial at HD Beauty Skincare Boutique. I was nervous because I have sensitive skin. Just recently before Thanksgiving I tried out a face sheet mask that burned and irritated my skin. Even though it had been over two months from that incident my face was still irritated and broken out which is pretty unusual for my skin.
Melanie is the esthetician at HD Beauty and she is an expert in skin care. Before I came to my appointment, I took the HD Beauty skincare quiz which allowed Melonie to get an insight of what treatment to give to my skin. My skin was a six which means it is acne prone and sensitive. I arrived at HD Beauty and put on the robe and slippers. The robe is essential to get treatment to the neck and upper chest/shoulder area. You can come wearing makeup, but I have not been wearing any since Thanksgiving trying to fix the skin problems I had been having. The entire thing feels good as your face is introduced to different products on your face. It started off with a cleanse to clean the skin. Then an enzyme is introduced to remove dead skin. Steam is added to open the pores and it feels pretty nice.
Next step was focused on acne. It started with extractions which I have seen lots of celebrities getting them on Snapchat. This was not so pleasant it did not hurt but felt like a lot of pressure. Afterwards I received the Clear Touch Lite which is a light therapy to help clear the skin of acne by destroying bacteria. This felt like very hot touch and was used mainly on my forehead where I had been breaking out.
The entire treatment was ended with a massage finishing my face off with moisturizer, oils and SPF. My skin was so soft and immediately I could see improvement. My skin no longer has that irritation I had before and has continued to improve as every day passes. I can not wait to see the final results in 10 days!
HD Beauty has an extensive line of skin care products formulated to get perfect skin. I have also been using the HD Beauty HD Total Antioxidant Serum on my face. It has removed my skins redness and helped with breakouts. It also helps to reduce dark under eye circles. I had some small redness/discoloration on the left side of my face and I am slowly seeing it disappear. It is a medical strength serum that contains green tea, Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid. It also works great as a make up primer. It has a neutral scent and the best part is it has not irritated my skin but helped improved it.
Spent the weekend doing some holiday activities at Legoland, California. With holiday music through out the park to spread the holiday cheer. Even though we are are in California we still got a little “snow” occasionally through out the park. The park was covered with lights, wreaths, poinsettias and Christmas trees through out the park. We even caught a glimpse of Lego Santa walking around the park for photo opportunities. The best part is checking out the giant Lego Christmas tree and it is even adorned by with Lego Ornaments. The perfect place to come start getting in the christmas mood or keep being in the holiday spirit after the holidays.
My little cousin had so much fun at the water park last time he wanted to go again. It was closed but honestly what is winter in California. I was surprised to check out splash battle ride for the first time. This ride is hilarious there is even water soakers outside to soak those on the ride.
As always we got to enjoy a fun day checking out Legoland and everything it is offering for the holiday season.Can not wait to see what new rides and new additions Legoland will be adding for 2018!