Halloween at Great Wolf Lodge

We just spent an awesome Southern California staycation, at Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove.  You can read about it in our recent blog post “Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove CA Review: Sip and Slide Means fun for Everyone.” Visit Great Wolf Lodge in October for the Howl-O-Ween celebration between October 1 and October 31.  In addition to having a wonderful time with family and friends sipping and sliding, we enjoyed all their Halloween festivities!  For more info check out Great Wolf Lodge California’s website

Here’s a brief slideshow (under 2 minutes) of all our photos. Enjoy and we hope you have a very Happy Halloween! 

Thank you, Grace Chen for these amazing photos and video clips! XO

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Harry Potter fans filled the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, CA for J.K. Rowling’s 3rd installment “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” from her books turned mega-hit film series. This unique experience included viewing the film on a 40 foot screen with Justin Freer conducting the Pacific Symphony. What an amazing way to relive our favorite Harry Potter moments! The orchestra was so incredible you almost forgot that they were there. You’d get so caught up in the adventure and it sounded exactly like the soundtrack of the film. Then you’d look at the stage and realize, “Wow, this is a live performance.” It was mind blowing. Fans dressed up as Hermione or Harry, some wore scarves in the colors of their team – Gryffindor red and gold, Slytherin green and silver, Hufflepuff yellow and black or Ravenclaw blue and bronze.  During the movie the crowd cheered and boo’d for their favorite or not-so favorite characters as they appeared on the screen. So much fun!

Harry Potter Film Series Concert - kids

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Great Wolf Lodge has come to Southern California!  Located near Anaheim in Garden Grove, CA, Great Wolf Lodge has a booming business here in the OC. We realize that Great Wolf Lodge has been extensively covered by every mommy blogger out there with excellent reviews, tips, and recommendations. (Try Sandy Toes and Popsicles or Trekaroo for great info and tips.) But our focus is fun for kids and adults.  Our latest trip was our third trip with our kiddos, and we discovered that it is a fantastic place to meet up with other families and friends, especially if you are locals like us!

great wolf lodge family fun

Great Wolf Lodge is fun for kids and adults! 

Sip & Slide Means Fun for Everyone

Did you know that Great Wolf Lodge has awesome bartenders?  The bar staff has been consistent and stable since the opening of the Garden Grove location in February of 2016.  We chatted with our favorite bartender, Ricardo.  Ricardo has been with Great Wolf since its opening.  He is a seasoned bartender in the business for over 10 years.  What we love most about Ricardo is the pride he takes in his work and his attention to customers.  He shares his tips and recipes with his fellow bartenders, so you will get consistently good drinks.  And this was our pleasant surprise:  the drinks are delicious!  Look, we were pleased with the premixed, frozen margaritas from machines that you can buy at Buckets Incredible Craveables, conveniently located right inside the park.  Sometimes a sweet and tangy slushy that packs a nice punch is just what you need for the 84 degree temperature and for the humidity.  

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Portillo’s Near Me: a Chicago Institution now in Buena Park

Portillo's Hot Dogs - marquee

There’s a heavy hitter in town!  Welcome to the OC neighborhood, Portillo’s!  Yes, there’s a Portillo’s near me. Portillo’s is a Chicago institution and it has recently opened in Buena Park.  We will travel anywhere for good food, but we love when our favorite places come home to our part of the neighborhood. Portillo’s is a much loved and mainstay in the windy city.  We are thrilled that OC folks can get a taste of Chicago without traveling.

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Curry Lentil Tofu Quick and Easy Recipe
Serves 4
This Curry Lentil Tofu recipe has just 4 ingredients. Quick and easy recipe! Most of the items are from Trader Joe's.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. Trader Joe's Coconut Milk
  2. Red Curry Paste
  3. Trader Joe's Ready to Eat Steamed Lentils
  4. Trader Joe's Super Firm Tofu
Instructions
  1. Drain, pat dry, and cut tofu into cubes and set aside.
  2. Break up the lentils and place into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Shake can of coconut milk and pour into a pot.
  4. Heat on medium.
  5. Add curry paste.
  6. Add lentils.
  7. Stir.
  8. Add tofu.
  9. Stir.
  10. Heat for 5-7 minutes.
Optional
  1. Add a little soy sauce to season
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