Wednesday, July 27, 2016

San Diego Fun

Our main reason for being in San Diego last week was to experience Comic Con 2016. However, we couldn't go to San Diego without experiencing some of the city! Since this was my first time in the city we hit up some of it's most famous spots. Our first stop was one of the top five restaurants for breakfast... Hash House A Go Go.

I got the Hash House scramble which consisted of scrambled eggs, Swiss cheese and bacon, potatoes, fresh fruit, a biscuit and avocado. I swear that pile of eggs had to be at least 8-10 eggs. It was so much food and that entire plate... $11.00! My husband got French toast...

This French toast had an entire fried banana and strawberries as a garnish, eggs and sausage. It was so much food we couldn't even make a dent. We took our leftovers and ate them the next morning. Our entire meal was under 40 dollars. This place lived up to it's reputation and was amazing. I am a huge lover of breakfast foods and this place is on my must hit list for all future visits.

After we gorged ourselves at breakfast we headed out to Coronado. For years I have seen the famous photo of Marilyn Monroe on the beach out in front of the Hotel Del Coronado. And of course, I've seen the movie Some Like It Hot.

Both of these things made me want to go see it in person...
The inside of the hotel is just as fancy as you would imagine it to be. It was literally just like in the movie except a little updated since back then. The hotel is in the perfect spot, right on the beach. It's also got everything you could need during your stay. It has food, shopping, views and the beach. I'm hoping the next time we go to San Diego we can stay there.

The next time we go to San Diego we are going to hit up the Zoo, La Jolla beach and Balboa Park. We would also like to visit the Navy yard and see the famous kissing statue. We had a great time while we were in San Diego and could even see ourselves moving there one day.

Monday, July 25, 2016

San Diego Comic Con 2016

Last week we travelled to San Diego, California to experience the ever growing Comic Con Convention. This was also the first time that I've ever been to the city of San Diego. While others were trying desperately to get Comic Con passes we were lucky enough to get 4 day passes with the preview night. We missed preview night on Wednesday but started Comic Con on Thursday. This was also the day after the Southwest incident which was our airline. We only saw a delay thankfully and didn't get cancelled like thousands of others around the country.

So what happened as soon as we got to San Diego? We hit the ground running! We got into downtown San Diego where the Comic Con is held a the convention center. The Comic Con displays were everywhere. As a first timer I was overwhelmed with all of the signs and the crowds. I didn't think that it was going to be everywhere you looked but it was! It really takes over the city. Once you get inside the convention center there is literally hundreds of vendors. People come from all around the world to show you've what they've got.

You can find everything you ever thought might exist in the Comic industry. They have comics, Funko pops, t-shirts, toys, graphic novels, posters, buttons, key chains you name it, they've got it! They also have tons of amazing artifacts everywhere on display from movies, and television shows.

Then there's the celebrities. They have tons of celebrities from movies and television on site talking about their latest projects. This year we saw the Game of Thrones cast, the cast of the new Power Rangers movie and some of the cast of Silicon Valley.

We had a really fun time experiencing it for the first time. I would definitely say it was an adventure. People dress in their favorite character costumes, you see people freaking out over seeing celebrities and you see people spending money on toys that you wouldn't even imagine. It was some of the best people watching I've ever done in my life! It was pretty cool to get tons of freebies though and see the cast of Game of Thrones. We were invited to the Diamond Retailer luncheon and got to see some new things that haven't even hit the market yet.
Tips for first timers
  1. Do not park downtown. You will pay anywhere from $25-50.00 to park downtown near the convention center. Instead park at a Trolley station and spend $7.00 on a roundtrip.
  2. Get there early. Lots of exclusive items and bracelets for signings are given away early. Be there and be in line.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes. You will literally be standing/walking around all day long. You may think that you can wear those flip flops or sandals but remember people are everywhere and will step on your feet. Closed toed shoes are the best way to go.
  4. Bring your own water and snacks. The food there is like stadium food. It's off brand fast food and not cheap. They don't search your bags and their ok with you bringing in water and food.
  5. Panels. This is where you can see your favorite actor/writer/cast talk about their current or upcoming project. Those lines form really early as well and if it's in exhibit hall H then it's outside. So get out there, get under the tent and don't leave your place in line.
  6. Save MONEY. You will see lots of things you will want to buy. So prepare your money accordingly. Don't blow all of your money the first day but if you see something that is exclusive or a limited edition don't wait till the last day to buy it... more than likely it won't be there because someone else has bought it.
  7. Stay outside of downtown. Hotels can run 400-800 a night because of Comic Con. Stay 20-40 minutes outside of town and save a bundle. You can park at a trolley stop and ride in. We did! It only took us 10 minutes on the trolley to ride in each day.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Two Movies For Tonight

Looking for a good movie to watch tonight? Don't have any plans for the weekend and need something worthy of watching? Well look no further, I've got two movies that are worthy of your time and watching. Even if you don't have time tonight these movies are worth watching when you have that extra time.

The first movie... Terminator Genisys.

This movie is the latest installment in the Terminator Series. First of all, I should come clean and say that I love me some Arnold. I loved the original two Terminator movies and then I felt like the other ones were a little bit ridiculous. So when I sat down to watch this latest movie, I was a little weary on if it would be any good. The fact that Arnold was back intrigued me and I was hoping it would be good. Well... it was! This movie was original, had good actors and really had it's own Terminator story line. It didn't feel like same old, tired story of John Connor leading the resistance. Sit down and give it a watch. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Favorite Quote from the movie- "I've been trying to teach him to blend in."- Sarah Connor.

The second movie... The American President.

The American President is an oldie but a goodie. I hadn't watched it for awhile and this past week sat down and watched it. I always forget how good this movie actually is. It has a perfect cast of Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Michael Douglas and Annette Benning. The movie has the perfect blend of politics, realistic White House life and romance. It also has the perfect political villain- Richard Dreyfuss (who btw I wonder what he's up to nowadays). The movie of course is filmed in Washington D.C. and shows of the monuments and the beauty of them. This movie is charming and it'll give you an hour and a half of smiling and warming your heart. Trust me, just watch it.

Favorite Quote- "I went to Stanford you blow hole!"- President Shepard.