Disney PIXAR COCO Coming to Digital TODAY!

Disney PIXAR COCO Coming to Digital TODAY!

I had the best time celebrating the upcoming digital release of Disney PIXAR COCO at the historic Placita Olvera or Olvera St. We were not only treated to a delicious dinner (and margaritas) at El Paseo Inn, but we were lucky enough to be in the company of Anthony Gonzales, the voice of Miguel accompanied by the Mariachi Divas and folklorico dancers. 

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Halloween Night! Phantom Of The Opera at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

Halloween Night! Phantom Of The Opera at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

So, it's Halloween Night, the kids have trick-or-treated, gone to bed, all the candy has been handed out. Now what? How about a date night? Head out into beautiful Downtown LA and experience one of the most famous early horror classics, Phantom of the Opera. 

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Taking in the views at OUE Skyspace in DTLA

Taking in the views at OUE Skyspace in DTLA

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles, is seeing the Downtown LA skyline from my bedroom window. I love to see it all lit up at night. I love to look up while driving through downtown on the 110 freeway. I love wandering the streets of Downtown on foot and seeing all of the remnants of the old architecture and history of my city. 

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A Brazilian Dining Event at Fogo de Chão

It is not often that my husband and I get the chance to have a nice date night. Last night, we were invited to eat at Fogo de Chão, a Brazillian Steakhouse located in Downtown LA. If you have never eaten at a Brazillian Steakhouse, then you are in for a foodie experience.

Fogo de Chão is a Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 36 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco.

On Sunday, May 8th Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse welcomes families to celebrate Mother’s Day with a culinary journey through Southern Brazil. As a special gift, Moms who dine on Mother’s Day weekend will receive a Dining Card good for a complimentary lunch or dinner on their next visit*.

Once you sit down and hear the history of the churrascaria, you can begin the experience with a drink and these delicious, light Brazilian Cheese Bread or Pao de Queijo. As much as you don't want to fill up on these, it's hard to keep your hand out of the bowl. 

The dining experience is two parts. Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yucca flour), and much more. Above you can see some of my selections, including my favorite part; shavings from the wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano. 

The side dishes are served family-style and are endless. Which means, the minute one of these plates go empty, a server will be there to bring you a fresh portion. Southern Brazilian side dishes include crispy hot polenta sprinkled with parmesan, caramelized bananas and garlic mashed potatoes.

Okay, now on to the meat. Each time I've visited Fogo, I've had a different favorite. Last night, my favorite was the lamb chops. At Fogo, they are cooked perfectly. With a delicious crisp on the outside and moist and tender on the inside, it is just perfection. 

You can smell these pork ribs coming at you from across the room. And when they arrive at your table, you can't pass these up. 

So the deal with a churrascaria is they give you a little card at your table. When you flip it to the green side, the servers will come to you and offer you the cut of meat that they are carrying. Once you've had enough options for the moment, you can flip your card over to red and they will give you a chance to catch up. 

Guests can enjoy selections such as the house specialty picanha sirloin, filet mignon, ribeye, lamb chops, center cut bone-in pork chop, and chicken wrapped in bacon. All the options are delicious and you can choose whether you want it rare, medium or medium well. 

Fogo welcomes families of all sizes to celebrate their Mothers on May 8th. 

All locations will extend their hours, opening all day with seatings from 11am to 9pm. Meals for children six years of age and under are complimentary, and children seven to 12 years of age dine at half price for the Full Churrasco Experience. For information about specific locations or regarding group and private dining, visit fogo.com.

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How I spent my FIRST 29th Birthday.

Yesterday I celebrated my very first 29th Birthday! I can foresee at least a few more 29th birthdays in my future. This year my husband totally spoiled me, and not only bought me a present, but surprised me with it too! I have to admit, it is incredibly difficult for my husband to surprise me because I am one nosy b*tch! It's true, I have to know everything. Well, to my surprise, on the morning of my birthday I opened up a giant box, with a smaller box inside, with a brand new computer inside!! Yay!!  This gift was truly a necessity, you know with all the blogging that I do!
The pictures to the left pretty much sum up my day. The one on the top right is me with my momma, who I have to give mad props to, because without her, I would pretty much be non-existent. 

So every birthday of my life has begun with a cupcake. It has been a tradition since my dad was young, that we are woken up with a cupcake, a candle, and the family singing "Happy Birthday." This year my oldest tried to steal my wish by blowing out my candle, but it's okay.  That's just what happens when you have little kiddos.

I like to plan my birthday ahead of time by signing up for birthday freebies. For some companies, when you join their mailing list, you will get a "Happy Birthday" coupon in your email. This year I had a free Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity from IHOP for breakfast, took the kids to the self car wash, then headed to Downtown L.A. for my free Starbucks drink and free Lemon Meringue cupcake from Sprinkles!  After relaxing at home for a bit, we went to dinner and a show at Medieval Times (More on our fun time at Medieval Times on the next post). I also have emails from Jamba Juice, Baskin Robbins, Red Robin, and Cold Stone creamery. Fun stuff! I totally recommend signing up for your birthday freebies.
Do you have any birthday traditions? 

Weekend Recap: The Library, Margaritas, and Alex G!

Ah, Monday is here. We had a pretty fun weekend. Weekends are pretty much always exhausting. It doesn't matter what we are doing, we could be hosting a party, running errands, or staying at home. Either way, just having kids is exhausting. True story! So, this weekend was busy, but fun and easy going. 

Friday was a super fun day for the little ones. I saw on my Facebook via Our Town El Sereno that the Sea Mobile from the Natural History Museum was going to be at our local library. Next month we will be visiting the Natural History Museum as part of my Summer series and the Sea Mobile was a cool intro for the girls. And since my girls fail miserably at whispering, they hadn't been to the library yet, so this was their first time. 
The girls got to walk through the Sea Mobile and see different creatures from the sea, sit at a computer and use their software and experience a bit of sea life. 

Then, I had a surprise for the little lady, Lacey. First of all, she had no idea we were going to the library, and she was even more surprised to find out that she was getting her very first library card. The librarian explained the responsibilities as a card member, she signed her name, and borrowed her first book Pilgrim Cat by Carol Antoinette Peacock Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger. 

Yes, I made her pose! My eyes watered a bit when I saw her sign her name on her library card. It was just such a big moment in her little life. She will be starting preschool in a couple weeks, and I am slowly preparing myself for that moment. I love books and love to read, and I already see that trait in Lacey. Her favorite books are The Bible, a Bug Encyclopedia, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. She can't read any of these books but she loves them. I think she will love reading. 

While doing a little shopping for Lacey's school clothes at The Children's Place, a man dressed as a banana walked in and said, "Hey! Jamba Juice is having free smoothies for kids today!" So, naturally, our next stop was Jamba Juice, which was really cool, because they had some coloring pages and crayons out for the kids too.
Then we drove 50 miles to Norco. 
Since my husband's birthday was during the week this year, my in-laws didn't get a chance to celebrate with him. So this weekend we had a birthday BBQ for my husband and his family. 
This was our spread. 
Carne asada for tacos, corn on the cob, Mexican rice, potato salad, and beans. 
Although I only had one (BS anxiety) I highly recommend this Margarita mix from Costco. It's a good mix of flavor and strength. Super yummy at club prices, Lol! 

My nephew picked out an Avengers pinata for my husband's birthday BBQ, and when we jokingly asked if Grandpa wanted to hit the pinata, he went for it! 

My husband beating his pinata! 

Pinata equals smiley kids.
Smiley kids smiling in 3 different directions. Of course. 

Being a parent means never being able to blow out your own candles on your birthday cake. 

Sunday- Date Night! Woohoo!
For us, our weekends are always about our kids and spending time with them. Once in a big ass blue moon we get a night to ourselves. 
Here are a couple of my instagram pictures. 
We live 5 minutes from Downtown LA and I can see the skyline from my bedroom window, but I still think it's beautiful and always try and capture a good photo.
So, as we drove through LA, we stopped for dinner at Komodo. I've had their food once before at a food truck festival. Their motto is Dangerously Good Food, and it totally is! Sorry, I only got a picture of their truffle fries, which are delicious, because I was hungry. (I kinda suck at being a food blogger)
Our plan for the night was to go to the Roxy on Sunset Blvd. to see Alex G. If you don't know Alex G, you can check her out here on her YouTube channel. My husband is a huge fan of hers, he loves her covers and I actually hear her versions of songs before the original. 
So, Hanna Carter was one of her opening acts. She was a super cute, talented young girl. My husband and I were really impressed at how well she performed. 
This is Marissa Jerome, she won the Alex G contest to sing at the Roxy and be one of her opening acts. She has over 4 million views on this video (WARNING: It's a Justin Bieber cover). She has a pretty rad sound to her though, I liked the rasp in her voice! 
This dude Danny Padilla was hilarious! He was another Alex G contest winner and he was a pretty bad ass beat boxer. Check him out
Oh yeah and then Alex G performed! She has an album of originals coming out soon, so keep an eye out for her. She's pretty talented. 
Here she is singing with Tyler Ward
So, that was a fun night out. Pretty low key with some chill music. If I haven't convinced you to go check out any of these artists, this video has over 12 million views! Check it out. 

So that is my weekend recap! Was your weekend eventful or laid back?