Time to talk about day 2 of my Orange County trip!
Cindy and I decided to have a leisurely day, so we slept in a little bit. Even after we woke up, we were both sitting in our beds clacking away on our keyboards and doing computer things. It felt nice to be on a trip with someone who is like me and feels a little naked and uncomfortable without a laptop in their bag!
After internet business and showering, we decided to head out to breakfast. We wound up at a chain restaurant that was near our hotel, Mimi’s Cafe. I had no idea it was a chain…honestly I had never heard of it before. After checking the website, I guess it’s just that the closest location to San Francisco is still too far away for me to have been exposed to it. No matter. I thought the food was pretty darned delicious! The portions were a little crazy though. Check this out:
Behold the Santa Fe Wrap!
(Scrambled eggs with onions, jalapenos, cilantro, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and black beans wrapped in a tomato tortilla)
The wrap was pretty darned humungous….but that wasn’t all you got, either!
The meal also came with a muffin and glass of juice of your choice!
Cindy and I ordered the same meal, except for our muffin and beverage decisions. She had a honey bran muffin, orange juice and tea; I had a pumpkin (of course!) muffin, apple juice and coffee. That pumpkin muffin was no joke, either. It was absolutely heavenly. Since the meals were so large, both of us wound up taking half of the wrap and half of the muffin (my half pictured above) back to the hotel with us. As we were lucky enough to have a mini fridge and microwave in our room, we were able to eat the other half of our meal for breakfast the next day. It heated up pretty well!
Once we were fed and watered, we got in the car and drove up to L.A. The reason we were in town was to see a concert at The Palladium, so we figured we would mess around up there for the day. A few days before our trip I had come across a website for a store that sounded absolutely…magical….and since we were in town, we both thought checking it out would be a fun thing to do.
A Harry Potter shop! How could we not go here?! Cindy and I are both Potter fans….actually, I just saw the 7th movie with Cindy and some friends a few weeks ago. The store was pretty darned cool. There was a room full of robes, school uniforms, scarves and sweaters. Another room full of wizarding hats. A room full of your more standard type of Potter merchandise. A room for wands and wizard’s chess. A corner filled with Harry Potter themed candy and treats. A room for trinkets and things that weren’t exactly Harry Potter related, but still involved fantasy.
There was also a room for Twilight—I didn’t go near that room.
One of the coolest things about the shop was their banquet room. I didn’t get a picture, as there was an event going on. I really just spied it through a crack in the open door. It was decorated like the Great hall…floating candles and the like. I believe it was a birthday party that was going on, as I kept seeing little kids buzzing around in Hogwarts robes! So cute! I guess you can rent “The Great Hall” out for parties and events. Cindy commented that it would’ve been fun for a graduation party. I concur! Can we go back in time 11 years so I can look forward to a rad Harry Potter themed grad party, please?
Anyway, I really liked the store. Just seemed like a fun kind of place. As much as I would like to deny it, I am very much a consumer. I knew I wanted to buy something to commemorate my visit. A certain item just kept calling out to me, thus I kept finding myself back in the school uniform/robe room….
Yep, I bought a Gryffindor scarf! I know I could make this (or have one of my craftier friends make it for me…let’s get real, here!), but it just seemed more fun to buy it at the store. Plus, I look super cute in it. Even cuter when the backdrop isn’t my closet and I don’t have a camera in front of my face. Cindy also picked up a scarf, but she got one in the Ravenclaw colors, as she feels she’s more suited to that house. I agree. This brought on a discussion about which houses we thought various people we knew would belong in if Hogwarts was real. I didn’t want to sound full of myself, placing myself in the house that all of the Harry Potter main characters are in, but I think I probably would be in Gryffindor. I’m smart, but not like, Ravenclaw smart. I’m not really so eager to get ahead that I’ll do anything to get there….and I don’t really feel Slytherin-y. Maybe I could be a Hufflepuff, but I don’t think so. I think I’m too outspoken and, well, balls-y to be a Hufflepuff. I think I would be a Gryffindor.
My god, I wish Hogwarts was real!
All of our wizard shopping made us hungry, so we stopped in at Pinkberry to have a treat. I was pretty excited about the prospect of trying out this famous fro-yo spot. I’ve heard so many wonderful things, so I just had to go.
Much like with my trip to Blush with Florence, Cindy and I wound up getting fro yo fruit and granola parfaits. The employee let us taste all the available flavors (tart, pomegranate, pumpkin and chocolate) and while I really liked both the tart and the pomegranate (the pumpkin was good, but not what I felt like having), I was really in a chocolate mood, so I went that route. I paired my chocolate with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. The chocolate was rich; I was a fan! Cindy went with pomegranate, strawberries, raspberries and…pineapple, I think. That’s what it looks like in the picture…I don’t actually remember.
I thought I would get through my entire day in one post, but this is getting crazy long. Next up will be the concert post. Stay tuned!
Which Hogwarts house would you most likely get sorted into? And if you have no idea, tell me about your favorite fro yo flavor. Trust me, I care about both things.