Posted in Events, Life

Taste of Universal

Earlier this month I went to Universal Studios with my sister and my daughter for the first time since December 2019. We went for the Taste of Universal and I was so excited to be back and trying new foods, even if we couldn’t go on any rides. We went on a Friday because we both had the day off. this was my first time taking my daughter to a theme park since the pandemic started.

I live about 20-30 minutes away from Universal Studios. I normally go about once a year, usually around Christmas time because who doesn’t like seeing theme parks decorated all Christmas like! The ticket for this event was $45 and that included both the admission and 5 choices of food.

The number one thing that I HAD to get was the butterbeer from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There are three ways to order it- frozen, hot, or regular. My favorite way to get it is frozen. I also went to the new Minions Cafe which I highly recommend. I think everything I picked was pretty good and I wouldn’t mind getting them again.

Some pictures of my daughter and me at Universal Studios.

Here are the five things I got with my tasting card and a couple things I bought.

Frozen butterbeer, 100% recommend
Chicken nuggets for my picky daughter
Chicken nachos for my sister, she enjoyed it.
Chicken Macaroni and cheese with bacon and ranch. This was so good! I would definitely eat this again if they had it.
This was pretty good, even my picky daughter liked it. I wouldn’t eat the eye though.
My sister’s Korean corn dog. She said it was good, but wouldn’t get it again.
Wasn’t sure how I would feel about this clam chowder, but it was very good! I ate the whole thing.
My sister’s burger from Krusty Burger. Typical burger, I wouldn’t get it.
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Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry

One of my favorite events to go to every year is the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. I have been going every year since it first started, with the exception of 2020 of course. This year it was renamed as Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry. Knott’s Berry Farm is known for their boysenberries and I am such a huge fan! What is a boysenberry? It is a berry that is a hybrid of: raspberry, blackberry, dewberry, and loganberry.

I took three of my sisters to the Taste of Boysenberry. (Please excuse the poor quality of my phone’s camera)

For those who have never been to a tasting event at Knott’s Berry far, here’s how it works. You buy a tasting card for each person that’s going to the event. They are $45 for adults (12+) and $25 for kids (3-11), with a slight discount for season passholders. The tasting cards work as a ticket to the event and with the tasting card, each adult gets 5 tastings of their choice and children get 3 tastings of their choice.

Knott’s Berry Farm always goes all out in decorating their theme park for every holiday and this year was no exception. We went a few weeks before Easter and it was decorated with Easter things all over the park, especially Camp Snoopy, the part of the park that is dedicated to kids.

Here are some of the foods we tried. We tried to get a mix of beverages. desserts, and actual meals/food.

This was by far one of the best things that we tried. This is the carne asada pizza. One of the most popular items on the tasting card. The only thing I didn’t like was the cilantro. I would def get this again if it was offered.
I have a sweet tooth and was so excited to try both of these. On the left are the churro bites and on the right are the funnel fries. Both were very good, very sweet, but my personal favorite was the funnel fries. They both came with a side of dipping sauce.

Knott’s Berry Farm will be opening up again next month and as a season passholder, I can’t wait to go back and get on the rides. I am also looking forward to taking my 2 year old daughter with me to Camp Snoopy in a few months.

Posted in Events, Food

Knott’s Berry Farm Tasting Events 2020

In 2020, most of our travelling plans were cancelled. Many of us were no longer allowed to even visit theme parks. At least that’s the case for us in California, where our theme parks have been closed since Spring 2020. However, Knott’s Berry Farm, a local theme park In Buena Park, California, held multiple food events in 2020. I was lucky enough to have gone to two of them. I enjoyed them and ate so much good food and had fun with my family. I also felt safe thanks to all the safety precautions that was taken at Knott’s Berry Farm. The two I went to were Knott’s Taste of Fall-O-Ween and Knott’s Taste of Merry Farm. Here are some of my favorite foods that I got to taste at each event. (Also included some personal pics.)

Taste of Fall O Ween

Me with two of my younger sisters
Me with some spooky decorations
Caramel apple cheesecake trifle
Boysenberry smoothie
Pumpkin spice acai bowl
Baked macaroni and cheese
Fries with fried jalapeños and hot cheetos
Chocolate funnel cake with chocolate ice cream, gummy worms, and crushed oreos
Deep fried cinnamon bun
Turkey slider with sweet potato waffle fries

Taste of Merry Farm

Posted in Events, Running

Minion 5k Run

When I first heard that Universal Studios Hollywood was going to have a 5k, I was excited! This was going to be their first 5k. The theme for their first 5k was Minions.

 

We  got to run through Universal Studios including the Simpsons area, Harry Potter world, and best of all, the backlot where they film movies and do the studio tour. Parts of this course were a little bit tough because we had to run uphill. I used to run in Montebello which has a lot of hills, but now where I run, it’s very flat. It was fun getting to run by where they filmed movies like Jaws, as well as movies like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

 

My only complaint is that we had to be there very early! In order to get free parking you had to be there by 530am, otherwise you would pay $20. I got there around 430am since I had to pick up my race shirt and bib.

 

I had fun running the 5k at Universal Studios. The next run at Universal Studios Hollywood will be on November 16, 2019. The theme will be Jurassic World. I have not signed up yet, but I will sign up soon!

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Boysenberry Festival 2019

In April, Knott’s Berry Farm had their annual Boysenberry festival. I have the season pass for Knott’s and I love boysenberries, so of course I had to go. This was their 5th year and I have gone every year. Most years I only go once, but this year I decided to go twice. They had some new food items this year. Most of the food I tried was good. However, there were a couple disappointments.

Here is how I rate the food items at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival

 

 

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Boysenberry Icee Float A++

This is my favorite drink. It’s basically an boysenberry flavored icee inside of a boyseberry flavored soft serve, so good. I first tried it last year and couldn’t wait to get it this year. got it during both visits to the festival.

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Boysemberry Cheesecake on a Stick B

Had this last year, it’s pretty good. Very sweet though.

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Boysenberry Waffles B-

This was good, but not something I would eat more than once

Boysenberry tortilla chips with boysenberry ice cream B

This was good, also very sweet

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Boysenberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich B+

I love grilled cheese sandwiches and this one was really good!

 

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Boysenberry chicken wings A-

One of my favorites from the Boysenberry Festival

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Pot roast w mashed potatoes C+

The pot roast was really good!! However, I did not like the mashed potatoes at all!!! Which is what brought the grade down. I did not enjoy eating mashed potatoes with little boysenberries inside of it.

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Chicken Skewers A

This was for sure my favorite food to eat at the Boysenberry Festival! On my first visit I got this twice! They ran out when I was in line during my second visit.

(I forgot to get a picture of the hummus, oops!)

Boysenberry hummus B-

This was okay, nothing too special about it.

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Baked boysenberry mac and cheese A-

I did not expect to like it, but I really enjoyed this one. I loved the baked mac and cheese and the habanero sauce wasn’t too spicy.

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Boysenberry dole whip float B-

So disappointing. I wish that it had more ice cream than what it came with.

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Boysenberry steak w cream cheese topping A-

This was my second favorite food at the Boysenberry Festival. So good!

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Boysenberry pulled pork tostada C+

Not a big fan of pork, which is why this has a low grade, but it did taste good.

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Boysenberry elote

I love eating elote and this was good. My sister enjoyed it so much that she got 3 of them!

Overall, I enjoyed the food and can’t wait for the Boyseberry Festival in 2020!