Holiday on the Bay

A holiday wonderland located on the edge of the San Diego Bay just opened at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront. This holiday wonderland is known as Holiday on the Bay. We came on the opening night to start off the holidays. Holiday on the Bay is open until January 5th. With lots of activities, you can find something the whole family will enjoy.

One of my favorite activities here was the reindeer run where you go down a two-story 100-foot ice slide on a tube. Must be difficult to keep a slide made of ice from melting here in sunny San Diego. The Slide was accelerating and sometimes it twisted around while going down. My sister and I had a blast here, we slide down quite a few times.

Another attraction was the iceberg bumpers which are bumper cars surrounded by beautiful holiday lights. I honestly thought they were also on ice until I stepped and realized the floor was just painted white.

There is a cute Yule lounge to get some snacks and signature adult drinks. Inside is cozy and decorated with a beautiful Christmas tree. Another place to hang out and warm up is at the fire lounges. You can even make s’mores if you wanted to. Inside you can decorate gingerbread cookies, stocking and even write letters Santa or our troops.


North Italia

A brand new restaurant just opened in Fashion Valley called North Italia. I came to try it out for myself. This place has all homemade and made at the moment food. The menu of course is Italian food. Each table has these little fresh flowers and a candle burning to add a slight romantic feel.

The first thing I ordered was a chef’s board as an appetizer. The perfect starter for anyone with the variety of choices it has including cheese, olives,┬ámarcona almond and more. The jam or preserve that came with the board was intriguing savory and sweet. To accompany the chef’s board, I ordered a Julietta cocktail. This cocktail tasted like a ginger lemonade with a twist. It also came with a real flower garnish.

As for the main entree, there was a lot of yummy sounding choices. The pizza and pasta are homemade and fresh. I had the chicken pesto and it came with gigli pasta. This pasta was delicious and soft and fresh. You can definitely taste between the dried pasta you buy in the store and fresh made. It was beautifully adorned with pine nuts and toasted capers.

After all that food, I was stuffed but I had to get dessert since I have such a sweet tooth. I got the almond and mascarpone tart. rich and decadent covered with a cranberry orange composite.

Overall I loved the experience and can not wait to go back and try some of their other menu items.



Brick or Treat

This year we decided to switch it up for Brick or Treat and go as a group of all adults. No kids and we still managed to have a blast at Legoland, California. With me were two others who had never gone to Legoland before and man were they in for a treat. Amazed by the awesome lego figures and rides. We arrived early to the park to make sure we were able to experience it all in a day. Staying for the nighttime when Brick or Treat breaks and all the candy comes out. Brick or Treat is available on Saturdays and starts after the park closes. To stay in you must have special wristbands for the late night halloween fun.

I have not trick or treated in a while but at Legoland everyone is encouraged to participate. Lots of variety with the candy and snacks being passed out at Legoland.

Even at Legoland’s Sea Life Aquarium is filled with halloween decorations. There is even a couple of stops to get treats. Love coming to the aquarium and looking at all the animals.

Love seeing everyone in their costumes and some people put so much efforts in their costumes. An awesome place to check out the costumes is at the costume contest. Kids go all out with their costumes for a chance to win Lego sets and other prizes like tickets to Legoland. Awesome place to come to start the Halloween festivities whether you are a kid or a kid at heart.