{san diego} donut happy hour?

September 10, 2014


I am a huge fan of donuts, and of bacon, so why not put the two together?  A couple months ago, my office took an impromptu trip to this little shop called The Donut Bar in downtown San Diego for a coworker’s birthday. We went around noon, and apparently, since in donuts here mostly cater to the breakfast/morning crowd, it was “happy hour”. This meant that although we only paid for a few donuts, we ended up getting an entire box, and got to try a wide assortment of their delectable donut creations! Take a look below!


The sign near the store entrance


The donut bar counter – endless rows of donuts!


Close-up of the famous maple bacon donut tray!  These were delicious, and the perfect combination of sweet and soft maple with salty and crunch bacon!


And some of the other delicious flavors we got to try — Nutella, Snickers, Coconut, Strawberry!

Definitely worth a visit, particularly around noon-time! I say that donuts for lunch is always a quite unhealthy, but still valid, option!


pane bianco sandwiches again

September 9, 2014

When I first moved to Phoenix, I had eaten at the original Pane Bianco. At that time, it was only half of a building and only open certain days of the week and only for very limited hours. This made visiting quite difficult. Since then, it has expanded quite a bit, and the quality of the sandwiches have stayed as deliciously the same as possible. Recently when my sister and mom were in town during a long weekend, my sister had wanted to try this famous sandwich shop, so we went. It had actually been years since I had gone so I was excited to see the changes!

The most pronounced change was the increase in menu items, market sandwiches and salads, and the expanded location that now included a dine-in area. We opted to buy our two sandwiches and one salad to go and eat out on the patio, which was a great idea considering the free water they offered. What a delicious lunch to start off their visit … yum!



Fresh bread for sale

Dine in

Take out meals including Ridgeview Farms Chicken Salad

Housemade Mozarella

Market Sandwich (sandwich of the day) – BLT

One of the main attractions of going to Central Florida and Orlando is Disney World. Personally, I have always felt that Magic Kingdom is the most well known of all the theme parks. I remember visiting Magic Kingdom when I was little. I still had vivid memories of Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World, Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and Pirates of the Caribbean in particular. This time around, since my sister and I only had one full day at Magic Kingdom, we tried to be as smart with our time as possible. We were able to visit each of the six areas of the Magic Kingdom, but spent varying amounts of time in each area depending on what rides we wanted to go on.

Here’s a summary of our day:

Main Street, U.S.A.: Casey’s Corner (for Corndogs)

Adventureland: Swiss Family Treeohuse, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Pirates of the Caribbean, Aloha Isle (for Dole Whip Float)

Frontierland: Splash Mountain

Liberty Square: No rides

Fantasyland: It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mad Tea Party, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (new ride!!), Under the Sea: The Journey of the Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Friar’s Nook (for Mac & Cheese)

Tomorrowland: Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain (but it was closed), Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies (for iced coffee)

Overall, I’d say we had a pretty successful and fun-packed day. We tried to be smart about the lines we stood in, but also understood that the more popular rides like Splash Mountain and the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train would require a bit of a wait. What a fun day … with more adventures to come at night (see tomorrow’s post).

A magical daytime adventure:











Honeydukes is the famous candy shop that all the Hogwarts students who get the privilege of visiting Hogsmeade stop at while on their weekend excursions. Many students and teachers buy treats for themselves and others at this magical sweets shop. You can buy Chocolate Frogs, Every Flavour Beans, Acid Pops, Exploding Bonbons, Fizzing Wizzbees, and Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum just to name a few. The same treats can also be bought on the Hogwarts Express as Honeydukes supplies the Honeydukes Express, a train car, with the same delicious treats.

In Orlando, Honeydukes is also a highly regarded muggle destination since you can buy all of the above mentioned sweets, plus more, including various fudges and other sweets on display inside the dessert case. Pumpkin Juice is also quite popular!

Read more about our Harry Potter adventure here:
Harry Potter’s London
Harry Potter’s Jokes
Harry Potter’s Wands
Harry Potter’s Cauldron
Harry Potter’s Diagon
Harry Potter’s Ice Cream
Harry Potter’s Knockturn
Harry Potter’s Gringotts
Harry Potter’s Butterbeer
Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express
Harry Potter’s Hogwarts
Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade

A Harry Potter photo adventure:







Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour is where all the witches and wizards got their fill of dessert while visiting Diagon Alley. This is true during Harry Potter’s first visit to the Alley with Hagrid when he tried a chocolate and raspberry ice cream with chopped nuts as well as when he did lots of homework there a couple of years later and the owner, Florean Fortescue, gave him tons of free ice cream like clockwork. In the books, Mr. Forescue was dragged off and killed by Death Eaters so it’s unclear what happened to the parlour after his dealth, but luckily for Muggles like us, a visit to Diagon Alley meant we still get a chance to try some deliciously magical ice cream. And who wouldn’t want to try some delicious ice cream when you’re in Orlando in the middle of summer?

My sister and I tried the Butterbeer swirled soft serve ice cream, which was so delicious! I just don’t understand why people don’t like Butterbeer, it’s like a better and bolder caramel! Yum!

Read more about our Harry Potter adventure here:
Harry Potter’s London
Harry Potter’s Jokes
Harry Potter’s Wands
Harry Potter’s Cauldron
Harry Potter’s Diagon

A Harry Potter photo adventure:








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