Avila Beach & San Luis Obispo

Ah yes, two of my favorite places in the San Luis Obispo County. Although I don’t have as many photos for this post, I think you’ll enjoy it nonetheless. First things first. Continue reading “Avila Beach & San Luis Obispo”

Arroyo Grande

You know those little farm towns that seem to be scattered throughout random cities all over? I’m sure you do. On the central coast, there’s a small town called Arroyo Grande, and that’s our little farm land. Arroyo Grande, or as the locals call it “AG” (referred to as a nickname, and conveniently AG for Agriculture), is a small but charming little area. Continue reading “Arroyo Grande”

Pismo Beach

It’s kind of funny, what people say is true. You don’t always appreciate things until they’re gone and you’ve lived without them. In this sense, I’m referring to my hometown in the San Luis Obispo County. Continue reading “Pismo Beach”

Catching Up

Hello there!

Although it may seem that I have been absent on here recently, let me assure you that I’m not forgetting about posting on here, or intentionally leaving you hanging.

Quite the contrary. Continue reading “Catching Up”

The Coffee Drink for Losing Weight

 

Desire for self improvement is never ending.

At least for women. Continue reading “The Coffee Drink for Losing Weight”

Eating at Blue Bayou: Disneyland’s Hottest Restaurant

Before you start scrolling for pictures, I sadly do not have any. I was too in the moment to take pictures. Given, we filmed the restaurant a little bit, however it’s incredibly dark in there. If we’re able to edit the lighting decently, we’ll include the footage in the next Disney Vlog. If any of you have been to Disneyland, I guarantee you’ve gone on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. If you have, you’ll know that shortly after your ride takes off, you’ll see a little eating area to right hand side, surrounded by candlelight.

I remember riding Pirates when I was little, passing beside this restaurant thinking it was so magical and exclusive. Well, with this recent trip, Kolani and I decided to look into finally eating at this gorgeous spot. Unfortunately, there were no available reservations until May. We were pretty bummed, because this had been on our bucket lists for so long.

Entering Blue Bayou through New Orleans square, we were literally like little kids on Christmas morning. We had both been wanting to go there for years and the fact that we were finally getting to go together was a dream come true. We were seated right at the brink by the water. The lighting was dim, the humidity was high, and the atmosphere was heavenly. We were smiling ear to ear the entire time.

We each selected the three course dinner, giving us a starter, entree and dessert. I indulged in the Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb, and Kolani got the Bone-In Rib Eye. It was some of the most tender meat I’ve ever eaten.

Our dinner and overall experience exceeded our expectations. We had such a wonderful romantic time together, and I always look back at that dinner with a smile on my face. If you’ve never been I would highly recommend going, you’ll have such a wonderful, relaxing time.

To check out the menu or make reservations, click here.

This has been a chloscall.

Until next time,

Chloe.

Steakhouse 55: a Review

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I’m already drooling just looking at this picture. Okay, let’s do the review.

This was one of Kolani and I’s favorite meals we had at Disneyland. I cannot stress enough how excited we were to be going back there as adults. We were able to see things from a different perspective, and thoroughly enjoy the things we might have taken for granted as kids. Eating, I believe, was one of them.

When you’re a kid, I feel like as long as you have a pb&j or some macaroni, you’re a happy camper. But when adults go out to eat, it’s quite the contrary. We see the prices, taste the wines, and indulge in tender steaks.

As a kid, I may have heard of Steakhouse 55 before, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression like going on Space Mountain a zillion times.

This time around, I was going out to a nice dinner with my handsome boyfriend and a couple members of his family that I had not met before. So, the nerves were real.

Something else that I also have grown to appreciate as an adult is just how much Disneyland values old Hollywood. The music and set designs of various places makes you feel as if you’ll go back in time and see Walt himself.

Steakhouse 55 has those old Hollywood vibes. There are various large pictures throughout the restaurant of some the greatest actors who have ever lived. Behind me was Marilyn Monroe and baseball star Joe DiMaggio, and just across the way was Cary Grant and Ava Gardner.

We feasted like royalty. Kolani got a juicy steak while I got a lobster tail. The four of us shared delicious sides like mashed potatoes, macaroni, green beans, and asparagus to name a few.

I know I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again-this was one of the best trips I’ve ever had. Kolani and I were floating on cloud nine the entire trip. We relaxed under the sun, ate incredible food, and made beautiful memories.

Although it is pricey, I would highly recommend Steakhouse 55 if you’re planning a trip to Disneyland. You can make reservations and check availability by clicking here.

This has been a chloscall.

Until next time,

Chloe.

Voodoo Doughnuts: a Portland Treasure

For today’s post, I’m going to be blogging about one of Portland’s hot-spots, Voodoo Doughnuts.

When one hears of Portland, they might think of: hipster city, great farmers markets, Powell’s bookstore, and, of course Voodoo Doughnuts.

This is definitely a hot-spot place, so if you’re planning on visiting, I would definitely make this your first stop in the morning. There are always going to be lines, no matter what time you go. The only thing I could possibly suggest is to get there right before or at opening.

I haven’t decided whether or not this place would be considered kid friendly. The whole place itself is rather whimsical. However, there are some pretty explicit items (penis shaped doughnuts and crude bumper stickers). As long as you have a good sense of you humor, you’ll have a fun time at this quirky spot.

The doughnut I’m munching on above is the classic voodoo doughnut. I’m more of a traditionalist, so I decided to try this classic doughnut that had an edgy twist to it.

I absolutely love visiting big cities. There’s so much to explore, so much culture to experience, and so many adventures to have. But it’s not just the hustle and bustle of these cities that make them as popular as they are- it’s the quirky spots. The little boutiques, coffee shops, taprooms and the history of these cities is what I love to breathe in.

If you find yourself in Portland, definitely make a stop at Voodoo Doughnut’s.

This has been a chloscall.

Until next time,

Chloe

Trying the Taco Bell Nacho Fries

My assumptions are that a majority of the readers of today’s blog post are divided into two simple categories: who cares and how were they?

Yes, yes, I’ve tried Taco Bell’s newest addition: the Nacho Fries. As almost anyone can agree, I always try to eat moderately healthy but in a moment of weakness, the nacho fries had piqued my interest.

I’ve had plenty of early morning adventures with Kolani where we were on the road before the sun came up, and stopped off to grab a quick Steak A.M. crunchwrap and Mountain Dew Kick Start because hey, no one is perfect and fast food is sometimes the last resort.

Also if you’re the occasional Taco Bell customer such as myself, you know that they have almost no decent side orders, *shuddering at the thought of mini cinnabons*.

So alas, I decided to give in and try this new “hot” item. From what I could see on the menu, they had few varieties of these fries. They have a side order of Nacho Fries (pictured above), Nacho Fries Supreme, and a Nacho Fries Box.

Let me just start off by saying if you don’t regularly consume fast food, it can taste either disgusting or really good, considering it’s been a while since you’ve last had it.

So, the final verdict?

They weren’t bad. I’ll admit, they were relatively flavorful as all mediocre fast food is, (leave In-N-Out out of this, their food is straight from the heavens). But honestly though, if I had order the supreme version or the fries box, I probably would have gotten sick.

They’re good if you have a craving, are in need for a quick cheap snack or have the munchies. But I don’t see myself having these again for a while, which is convenient considering they’re here for a limited time.

This has been a chloscall.

Until next time,

Chloe

3 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Tacos!

Hello, everyone!

I hope you’re all enjoying the new layout and theme of my blog, I know I am! In today’s post, I’m going to share with you one of my favorite recipes I found on Pinterest a few years ago. The reason I love this recipe so much is because it’s yummy, only 3 ingredients, AND cooks in the crockpot.

2016 was the year I became obsessed with crockpots, and it’s not hard to see why. Honestly every young adult should have one of these bad boys. Whether you’re not that into cooking or just have a busy lifestyle, the crockpot will become your best friend. You can check out some great crockpots by clicking here.

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Okay, enough raving, time to get into the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts. (Typically, I use 2 chicken breasts and that’s just enough for my boyfriend and I. Obviously, if you have a bigger family you can add more.)
  • Chicken Taco Seasoning. (You can use whichever seasoning you prefer. I used to use the packets of taco seasoning you find at the grocery store in the soup aisle, but lately I’ve been using the taco seasoning that Kolani and I picked at Costco, pictured below.)
  • 8 ounces Pace Mild Salsa. (Okay so you can have a little more freedom with this one. Maybe you want spicier salsa and by all means go for it. Or maybe you just don’t like Pace. You can use 8 ounces of whichever salsa you’d like. The only reason I specifically chose Pace was because that was the one that was recommended for the recipe.)

 

(Pictured from Left to right: The first photo is showing the seasoning I picked up from Costco. The second photo is showing the salsa I’ve used and recommend. The third photo is the chicken completely cooked. I shredded the chicken with 2 forks and added some shredded cheddar cheese on top. The last photo is the final product. You can add whatever you’d like to your taco. For this one we added tapatio, chives, sour cream, and shredded cheese).

 

 

Let’s get started. Directions:

  • Place 2-4 thawed boneless, skinless chicken breasts into the crockpot.
  • Get out your taco seasoning and coat either side of the chicken breast with the seasoning.
  • Add 8 ounces of salsa into the crockpot with the chicken breasts. (I would recommend really shaking the salsa up before pouring it in, so it’s more chunky. Also, an apron might not be a bad idea at this part, as the salsa may splatter.)
  • If you want really tender shredded chicken, I would recommend cooking this dish on low for 6-8 hours.

 

Taco Time:

  • You can see if your chicken is done by trying to shred it with a fork or knife. I started cooking my recipe at 11am, and by 5pm it was perfect. I always shred the chicken with two forks, and the meat is so unbelievably tender that it falls off the fork and cuts like butter.
  • Now that your chicken is done cooking, you can get creative. After the chicken is done, I like to add shredded cheese to the top, letting it melt onto the chicken. I’ll set the crockpot on warm and let it keep while I set up the dinner table.
  • Once you’re serving the tacos, you may garnish them with whatever you’d like. As pictured above, my boyfriend enjoys adding chives, sour cream and tapatio.

 

 

I hope you all enjoyed this recipe! It’s definitely been a favorite in this household, plus it makes your house smelly heavenly while it’s cooking. Let me now how you liked this recipe in the comments below.

Until next time,

Chloe