Saturday, June 6, 2009

Disneyland and California Adventure AGAIN

Friday was Braden's 16th time to Disneyland. That is not a typo. He has been to Disneyland 16 times since the very end of March. We have been having a blast. We have been discovering new things everytime we go. For example, in California Adventure, we went to Flik and Hopper's show in A Bug's Land for the first time on Friday and LOVED it! We also did the wilderness/adventure trail by the river rafting ride and had a great time walking across rope bridges and learning about different trees and animals. It was so awesome!

We also went to a Food and Wine Festival Chef's Showcase for the first time. Free food prepared by an experienced, talented chef . . . I really don't think it gets any better.

While we were waiting in line before the showcase, Braden kept himself busy by stepping on every seed pod and leaf in sight. He loves to do this wherever we go. I think it gives him a sense of power; the feeling that he is bigger than something else.

When that got old, Matt and Braden wandered around playing . . .

. . . while I took pictures of them . . .

. . . and the flowers . . . They're gorgeous, huh?!

When we were finally seated, Chef Juan Mendoza Lopez made chicken mole (pronounced Mol-AY, like guacamole, not like a mole on your face or a furry animal who lives in a hole . . . chicken mole would be a lot less appealing if it was pronounced like mole).

Moles generally have a minimum of 36 ingredients and can have as much as over 80! They contain herbs, spices, peppers, chocolate, corn meal, and other ingredients. The chicken mole was so delicious! Even Braden loved it. I wrote down the recipe and e-mailed the chef to get the formal recipe and thank him for such a great experience.

We had so much fun, we'll be going to many more chef showcases in the future!

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