Summer Diaries: Disneyland

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I could go on and on for days telling you what I love about L.A. And surely on top of my list is Disneyland! It just never gets old. It makes you forget how old you are, and just go back to childhood once you enter the gates of the happiest place on earth! Is it evident from my smile on that picture? Lol.

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On the first day of my sweet little summer break, I spent the whole time with two of my friends at Disneyland. We’ve all gone before, but since it was Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, we decided to check out Disneyland’s diamond celebration.

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We arrived hungry, so we started munching on treats. My favorite was the raspberry macaron. It was reaaaally yummy! And who can resist these cute pastries anyway? You can buy them at the Jolly Holiday Bakery in Main Street.

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Fancy something to quench your thirst? The Dole whip is for you! Soft serves and floats are sold at the Tiki Juice Bar in Frontierland.

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We didn’t have enough time to ride a lot of the attractions, so we just tried the ones we haven’t done before like the Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Star Tours, and Matterhorn Bobsleds, where we screamed our lungs out. Lol.

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We had dinner at New Orleans Café, ’cause we wanted to try the Mickey beignets. Other than that, we shared a bowl of gumbo, and the Monte Cristo sandwich, which were both good, especially the former.

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Café Orleans is located in New Orleans Square. There can be a wait of a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes, but you can always make a reservation ahead of time.

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Later on, all the people were getting ready to watch the parade and the fireworks. It was already crowded in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, but I insisted to try to find a place there, and luckily we did!

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The fireworks display was perfect and magical. It’s always my most awaited and favorite part when visiting the ‘Land. I felt like a kid once again. What’s your favorite part of Disneyland?

Hmmmm, now I’m craving for a new adventure.. Stay tuned for my next Summer Diaries post. 😉

Best Brunch Spots in Los Angeles

Best Brunch Spots in Los Angeles

We all need a sweet little redemption after a whole week of work or school– some time to zone out of the busy world before you start yet again another busy week, or simply a lazy morning to chit-chat with friends while having your own time to enjoy a hearty brunch. If you feel like having something that will fuel you up for the week, or if you wanna eat some sweets just because you can, I got you six of the best brunch spots around LA that should be your next weekender!

Urth Caffé

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My personal favorite on the list. I keep coming back for the D’Lox pizza, and their pesto mac and cheese. It’s not on the menu, but you can order the kid’s meal mac and cheese, and request to add pesto sauce and chicken in it. They also carry decadent cheesecakes. So good! Most of their drinks are organic, and I personally like their Spanish latte. On peak hours, the café could be quite busy, and you can see the customers pile up. But the service is good, so as their ordering system, so you’re not gonna be waiting to be seated for long.

  • 267 S Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
  • 8565 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
  • 2327 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • 451 S Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • 594 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Flappy Jack’s Pancake House

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This is one of LA’s hidden gem. Located in Route 66, in the city of Glendora, this homely diner offers a huge selection of brunch items from pancakes, to skillets, to steak & eggs, or whatever tickles your fancy. There’s always a long wait, so you might wanna come early to get a table right away. Try their southwest chicken wrap if you want something savory. Or if you’re craving for sweets, you’ll never go wrong with their pancakes or stuffed French toasts! Portions are huge, and price is totally reasonable. Also, the service is excellent, so it’s always an overall good brunch choice. 640 W Rt 66, Glendora, CA 91740.

Malibu Cafe

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This open air restaurant just a few minutes drive from the beach is a good spot to enjoy the breeze in the morning. Well, maybe not if you’re afraid of chickens- they tend to lounge around the area. However, if you enjoy being outdoors during a Sunday brunch, this is the place to be! Their decors bring out a pleasant atmosphere. I’ve only tried their sandwiches which were good, but it is known that their chicken and waffles is a must-try! They also have a full bar if that’s how you do brunch.

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After your meal, don’t forget to take a walk around the area, and try some activities like paddle boating (for free!), or just take pictures. 327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265.

Original Pancake House

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Located in Redondo Beach, this pancake house is nothing like your ordinary IHOP. There’s a huge selection of pancakes, and the pancakes are the perfect kind of soft and fluffy, just the way you’ll like it. Try the Dutch baby pancakes, or the apple pancakes if you’re looking to try something new. Or go with the strawberry or chocolate chip pancakes if you don’t wanna go too much out of your way. Either way, they won’t disappoint. Portions are huge, so make sure you still have room for more of their items. The corned beef hash is also must-try. 1756 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

Bottega Louie

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This fancy restaurant in Downtown L.A. is a local favorite. Everyone just loves this place. Their carefully designed French pastries seen from the outside would definitely invite you in to dine for brunch. Parking can be a bit of a hassle (It’s downtown!), but if you come early in the morning, metered street parking is always available. Or if you’re just not lucky enough, there are garage parking structures around the restaurant.

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Order the smoked salmon eggs benedict, and/or their burrata pizza. And what better way to end the meal than with a good dessert? Try their signature chocolate soufflé, it’s divine! Or just take out a few pieces of their macarons.

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700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Café Maji

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This cafe totally screams kawaii! If you’re brunching here, you’ll surely gonna want to Instagram your Insta-worthy food! This brunch spot in Arcadia is oddly located in the upper level of a fitness club. But other than that, the food totally hits the spot. They have sandwiches, waffles, and all sorts of coffee for your caffeine fix! But my favorite from the menu is the snow affogato.

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The snow affogato is vanilla ice cream topped with cotton candy and served with a shot of espresso on the side. You pour it over the cotton candy and watch it dissolve over your ice cream. Sounds too sweet? Well, not for me! I mean.. whoever came up with this is a genius! Just awesome. 56 E Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006.


Ahhh, now who isn’t hungry from reading that? What’s your go to brunch spot?