Sunday, September 28, 2014

SeaWorld Spooktacular is Back!

Where can kids meet some fun and funny Halloween characters, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere? It’s all happening at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular®, where Halloween meets the sea. Also, kids can visit the park for free in October with the purchased of a full-priced adult admission. Don't forget SeaWorld offers free single day admission for active duty military members and up to 3 dependents.



This past weekend we were able to check out the festivities with a few other blogger families! Our morning began with a delicious breakfast of crepes, breakfast burritos, fresh fruit, and more! Executive Chef of SeaWorld San Diego, Axel Dirolf, always prepares great eats during our visits!







We then had some up-close interactions with a few creepy critters, just in time for Halloween!

DJ running away from the scary alligator

Cute little hedgehog

Owl



Porcupine
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular festivities are geared for kids 12 years and under, who are invited to come in costume and enjoy trick-or-treating and colorful costumed characters from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following weekends in October.  



The hub of Halloween Spooktacular is Otto and Penelope’s Pumpkinfish Patch (on the lawn in front of Animal Connections), where kids can decorate cookies, paint pumpkins and meet a crazy cast of characters such as Colonel Cornelius Candy Corn, a spirited explorer accompanied by his female friend Lady Candy Corn. 


Also new this year are DJs Rock Candy and Cotton Candy, who get the party started and keep it going all day during Halloween Spooktacular, playing music and leading activities. Back by popular demand are Allure and Capri, beautiful mermaids that pose for photo ops; Goodie and Greta Gumdrop; and a silly School of Fish. 





Kids are encouraged to come in costume to trick or treat among 10 sea-themed stations. Trick-or-treat bags are provided! 




Thanks to our great friends at SeaWorld San Diego for a wonderful time at Spooktacular! Make sure your family doesn't miss the the great Halloween fun at SeaWorld

With our friend Sea World San Diego RP Rep, Kat
For more information, call (800) 257-4268, visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com, Instagram (@seaworldsandiego), Twitter (@ClydeSeaWorldSD) and Facebook (facebook.com/SeaWorldSanDiego)

Although we received complimentary admission and promotional items SeaWorld San Diego, all the opinions expressed  in this post are my own.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Recipe for Reimagination at the New California Pizza Kitchen

The perks of working at a school with a year round schedule is that when most are just starting school, I'm already on vacation! Yes, it's Fall Break and I'm totally loving it!

One of the things I love to do when on vacation (and every other day at that) is eat! I'm always up for a great meal! Thanks to California Pizza Kitchen, hubby and I were able to try the company’s Recipe for Reimagination at its Solana Beach, California location. 





The restaurant has undergone a complete transformation, from the design and d├ęcor to the menu. The Solana Beach location is among the first in the country to roll out the new design and menu items, with other locations to follow.

“We are embracing our roots in culinary innovation and authenticity across the board, and every detail of our reimagination - including the design, food and service - is reflected in our Solana Beach restaurant,” says California Pizza Kitchen CEO GJ Hart. “We are excited to introduce this community to the future of our brand as we continue with this roll-out.”

The remodel incorporates flexible seating with fewer booths and more tables to comfortably accommodate a variety of diners and groups. New dishes, glassware and utensils further complement the upscale-yet-relaxed aesthetic. California’s environmental roots are evident in the use of unfinished reclaimed wood, and warm, inviting colors are used throughout. Elements such as a living herb wall inside the restaurant reflect a commitment to using fresh, local ingredients. The vibe in the restaurant was casual and very "SoCal"!

The staff was very excited to share the highlights of the new items on the menu. They were all very friendly, knowledgeable, and inspired with the new changes for CPK!

Here is hubby's Fire-Grilled Ribeye: A 12-oz. USDA choice ribeye grilled with housemade Pinot Noir sea salt and topped with creamy bleu cheese butter. Served with roasted fingerling potatoes and lemon-garlic arugula salad. It was tender, juicy, and everything a great steak should be!


I tried the Hearth-Roasted Halibut: Wild caught from the Aleutian Islands, roasted on a cedar plank with butternut squash farro and grilled asparagus. The flavors were rich and definitely made my tummy happy!


 Farmers Market Soup
 Fresh Strawberry Mango Cooler
We had a wonderful lunch with great food and the wonderful staff at CPK to make it an enjoyable experience overall! For more information on California Pizza Kitchen visit cpk.com. Follow them on Twitter @calpizzakitchen, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/californiapizzakitchen and stay connected through http://instagram.com/californiapizzakitchen (#newcpk).

Although we received this meal compliments of CPK, all the opinions expressed are my own. 

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

San Diego Sand Sculpting Fun

It was a beautiful Labor Day weekend in San Diego to have the US San Sculpting Challenge right on our bay front. The annual event bring sand sculptors from all over the world to compete. The sculptures were awesome to see! The three dimensional features of the sculptures were amazing! Here are our boys checking out the cool designs!







Of course, our boys had to try their own hand at sand sculpting. Not as good as the pros, but good enough!



We even got to meet and greet the Foster Farms chicken! Fun!

We hope your Labor Day Weekend was filled with fun, just like ours!
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