Christmas in Las Vegas was a new experience for us, and a rather nice one. We spent Christmas, 2015 in Vegas, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here are some more pictures, these were nearly all taken on Christmas day, 2015. The last one was taken on Christmas Eve at The Carnival World Buffet which we went to prior to going to Christmas Eve mass at Our Lady of Wisdom Church.
We didn’t stay at Bellagio though as much as I would have liked to. Actually, if you ask me which place I would like to stay at my number one choice is Venetian, and number two is Bellagio. We actually stayed at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club Resort of which I am a member (through my timeshare ownership). I won’t even go into my tea-bag dilemna that I had there – can you believe they didn’t have regular black tea? I certainly had tea withdrawal! Enough said of that for the time being, other than to say you hotels should never just cater to coffee lovers, there’s tea lovers too! My view wasn’t too bad though.
We had brunch at the Paris Hotel’s Le Village Buffet, I will show you pictures of that separately in another post. Here are pictures of the Bellagio, where we spent the majority of our Christmas day, just strolling around – what a beautiful Christmas display!
We had Christmas Eve lunch at The Carnival World Buffet at Rio
We ate a lot in Vegas. My kids talked me into getting them the Buffet Pass which cost $55 per person for 48 hours. So we started the pass at around 5pm on Christmas Eve and it lasted until Boxing Day at 5 pm. Therefore, we were able to use it for meals over 3 days, but had to time the last meal on Boxing Day to be in the line for the meal before 5 pm. If you can time it properly, it works out well. All the meals and drinks that you want are included in this price (except alcohol of course) – but you will be sure to put on a few pounds! I will post more pictures of Las Vegas soon. I can’t believe it’s already April, and I’m just getting around to doing this post now. Where does time go to?
Did you know there’s a place with a magical bathroom? You may have to come all the way to San Diego to visit it though! Just kidding! I think there’s more of these – at least there are in Florida.
The place is called Sloan’s Luxury Ice Cream, and the ice cream is delicious! I’ve switched my tastes lately to frozen yogurt, and resist ice-cream, but who can resist the decor, it beckons you, tantalizes your every bit of sense, and plunges you into temptation – the temptation to indulge in ice-cream or fudge. Of course, there is candy, and I believe all kinds of toffee apples covered with scrumptious coatings of the most exquisite imaginings, such as white chocolate, caramel, and…..well you get it! Then there are toys that entice the kids.
But, then…….there is the magic bathroom. Just be careful that you lock the door, or else everyone will be able to see you while you are in there. See my video below. I actually made this video several months ago in August, before my oldest went off to college in September, but didn’t get to upload it until yesterday. When my kids saw there was a bathroom which was visible from a part of the store where all the stuffed animals are, they were curious because you could see into the bathroom, so off they went to explore. I could not get my son to be part of the video, but he enjoys Sloan’s just as much as all of us.
We went just again this Friday to celebrate my youngest daughter’s birthday. Did I tell you it’s a great place for a celebration?
Here’s my video
Happy Diwali! I’ve had some sad news recently, so it’s hard to get into the mood for celebrations, but celebrate we must. Most of my celebrations shown here, took place before the recent sad event, so I am just sharing with you as a way of trying to get over some of my pain. As you may know, Diwali is known as the Festival Of Lights, and it signifies good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. May Diwali shine it’s light on my family, and yours. May the Goddess Lakshmi shower us with her love and blessings. If for some reason, the link does not take you to the gif image of Lakshmi, you may see it here on my Pinterest Board.
Here are some pictures I took at the Diwali Mela in San Diego on October 24, 2015:
There were ever so many people there, these two pictures will give you a glimpse at part of the crowds, both during daylight and at night – it was packed!
These girls had a very interesting costume, especially the head gear, but it certainly looked nice and colorful!
Here, they are dancing with the dandia sticks. It’s a South Indian dance I believe.
There were all kinds of dances, even hip hop!
Also, there were American girls dancing to Bollywood music. I think they did a pretty good job.
Here’s a video of their dance:
Here is a video that includes a variety of the performances.
Unfortunately, I could not include all of the performances or show the entirety of each performance. I hope you like the videos, and I hope you like the pictures.
I also hope you will candles, and illuminate your home with just candlelight later this evening. Remember, let light prevail over darkness.
Don’t forget to eat some Indian food – how could you not when it’s Diwali! I have some virtual food and drink just for you! Here’s naan bread with lentils, chicken curry, rice and raita (Indian yoghurt).
I love samosas, you can’t enjoy Diwali without samosas, or at least I think so.
You might even want to have a special dish of mine – my very favorite, and of course it’s a Punjabi dish – Makhi Di Roti (bread made from corn meal/corn flour) and Saag (spinach)! You must give this one a try!
After this, you must have sweets. You must have burfi (can’t even describe how delicious they are – Indian fudge is the closes I can get to it, and oh, how I love fudge!). Then there’s gulab jamun (syruppy goodness) and jalebi (sticky and syruppy goodness).
You might want to try kheer, which is basically a delicious rice pudding dish – it is a little less sweet than the jalebi and gulab jamun. Sorry about the quality of this picture.
Want more sweets? I knew you would!
Then, if you’re like me, you’ll have to wash the sweets down with a delicious cup of chai.
Now, hopefully that was a nice Diwali, some pictures, some entertainment, some food, some sweets and some tea!
Guess what? For the first time ever, we have been given the day off for Diwali in the USA and they didn’t even know they were giving us the day off for our special holiday! They thought they were giving us a day off for Veterans Day, well….I am very glad that we have Veterans Day! Thank you to all those who served, and made this day possible so that we could all be off together, and celebrate away from work! Please can we make Veterans Day next year be on Diwali too? Please? I don’t think it will happen again, as Diwali is on different days, sometimes in October, and sometimes in November. Still, it doesn’t hurt to ask or wish for it…….please, let it be on a holiday again, or better still – give us Diwali off (wishful thinking)!!! Anyway, must go and enjoy Diwali now. Happy Veterans Day, and Happy Diwali!
I never knew there were so many kinds of Turkish Delight, until my recent trip to Turkey. When I went to Antalya, I asked what these tempting things were and were told they were Turkish Delight.
I had thought Turkish Delight just looked like this
Then I saw more that looked like this. Unfortunately, I did not get to try the kind shown in the first and third picture
Here, there’s an assortment that looks similar to what I know Turkish Delight looks like, and did you know it also tastes as good as it looks – you might even say it’s delightful!
Here is a whole display case (very close by to Hadrian’s Gate) full of Turkish Delight
Here’s two more delightful kinds of Turkish Delights
Growing up in England, I used to love eating Turkish Delight covered with chocolate, and since this is not a picture that I took – I will just include the website link so that you can see it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fry’s_Turkish_Delight
I did take boxes of Turkish delight back to the USA to give out as gifts to friends
Well, if you don’t like sweets, you might like spice? As the saying goes…..sugar and spice makes all things nice. I certainly enjoyed seeing both (and trying both), and when it comes to sugar and spice, I can’t choose. I like sweets, and I also like spicy dishes.
Well, I certainly like how spices are displayed in the markets and stalls in Antalya.
Hope you enjoy some sugar or spice every now and then.
London calls, and I’d love to come running, but sadness befalls me now as I can’t obey. Too bad. Well, I’ll just have to write about the rest of my day – Day Two in London which was July 24, 2014 – just over a month ago – and really my first full day. London has a power over me, I just went there, but I would like to be back there already….oh, well. Guess I’ll just have to be content looking back at my pictures.
Here is a picture taken at Trafalgar Square close by to our hotel
This man seems to fit right in this picture, I don’t think he was the one who vandalized the phone booth with graffiti though, I hope not!
Just a recap, we headed for Buckingham Palace through Green Park (pictures show in my post Enchanting London) and this is before we did that
Why would I not want to see the Ritz?
That night we ate in Chinatown, which is close to Leicester Square. Normally, I would have opted for Indian food as it is really great in England – where they are not afraid to add the spice, or for English food which is also superb, but my sister who we met up with this evening wanted to try Chinese food, and I’m so glad that we went to this restaurant – the Hong Kong Buffet – I will always remember how delicious the food was.
Do you know the food was extremely delicious at the Hong Kong Buffet? It was a good price too – only £9.95 per person, compared to what I paid one of the days in a restaurant in Covent Garden.
That’s my sister going into the restaurant with Chandi – my little girl.
Sorry about the half eaten food, I forgot to take a picture of it before it got to this stage, but better to show you something rather than nothing!
This picture is a little blurry, but I think it shows the atmosphere of Chinatown really well.
This is where we ate on our first night in London (yesterday evening) – I did not want to eat pizza, I can get Pizza Hut in the USA, but my kids wanted it, so I had to give in. Tonight, we walked right by it after our meal in Chinatown.
Right next to Pizza Hut in Leicester Square is Burger King – gladly, we did not go there on this trip, but I’m guilty of taking them there on a previous trip.
Okay, so this picture belonged higher up, but I wanted to put it next to the night-time picture of the same place – the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. We walked past it many times during our five days there, both morning and night.
My computer is acting really weird right now, and going ever so slow, I guess I have overworked it with all of my pictures in I-Photo and I think I’m running low on memory. Anyway, time to go now and enjoy life here in San Diego! Have a great weekend!
I just went to the San Diego County Fair dubbed the “Fab Fair” this year, and now I really know why it’s called the Fab Fair, not just because it’s fabulous, but because it is a tribute in many ways to the “Fab Four” – the Beatles, that iconic group from Liverpool, England.
The first glaring association very artistically done was at the entrance to a hall full of Beatlemania.
Then when you entered this hall, you were met with pictures of the Beatles, facts about the Beatles, records and albums of theirs on the walls, and so much more. It was like entering a Beatles museum! I enjoyed the experience immensely.
I think I really enjoyed it because England was brought to me, and the Beatles – one of the best groups ever from the country where I was born, was being celebrated in San Diego. This made me proud!
Anyway, more of the Fab Fair now.
We saw animals, cows, pigs, sheep and more
and some unusual looking hamsters
There was a turkey stampede; this year I missed the swine race, but I think I might have written about it previously or at least showed a picture or two
Our mouth watered at the sight of all the food and the smells of it too
Some things I did not even want to try such as Frogs Legs!
Then of course, it was time for the kids to have their fun and they wanted rides!
Incase you are wondering about the cost of the tickets, here is a picture that shows you the information. Don’t forget there are certain days that you can pay $30 for a wristband and ride all day.
More Beatlemania to show you just how much it’s not just the Fab Fair, but about the Fab Four
Don’t forget to look at the beautiful landscaping displays, this year – there was more art tied into the theme
Lastly, don’t miss out on the wonderful free entertainment (well included with your paid admission)
Bye Fab Fair, until I see you again next year! Don’t forget everyone, the fair is on until July 6th this year!
I miss British food. I know many people think that British food is bland, but if you grew up with it – you wouldn’t think that. When someone told me to try a place called Capetown Pub/Restaurant on Miramar Road, and mentioned they have fish and chips and all kinds of savory pies, I was quite excited, but never did I imagine that this new discovery would be so good.
Here’s what I ordered -pie and chips! Not just any pie, but chicken curry pie and quite delicious- I must say.
The chips actually were chips – the British kind – and not just thin tasteless fries. I was in heaven! Additionally, there was vinegar – Heinz Malt Vinegar – to drown the chips in- but since they were so good, I didn’t drown them!
Here’s a look at their menu
The only problem is deciding what to get as I wanted the samoosas, which must be like the Indian samosas, and my little girl wanted the chicken curry and rice. I also wanted the fish and chips. In the end, we opted to share the pie and chips.
You must be wondering what the restaurant looks like. Here are a few pictures:
There’s a few pictures of Nelson Mandela on the walls and the music playing reminded me of UB40 – one of my favorite groups from the UK. There are at least seven TV screens showing sports, including cricket of course.
Even though I was full, I could not resist dessert, especially when I found out that the one recommended had custard in it on top of a thin layer of sponge cake. It’s called “Milktert” – basically a Milktart, but should have been called Custard Tart or something like that – it was heavenly, delicious, yummy…..I should stop there. The other options were Brandy Tart with custard which I had wanted, and another one that was a sponge cake with coconut. All the desserts sounded wonderful.
Here’s the Milktert
Oh, I forgot to mention that all that delicious cold custard had cinnamon sprinkled on it. I was very tempted to get a cup of tea to go with my pudding, but resisted – not sure why. Anyway, if you crave South African food or British food, perhaps even Indian food….and you enjoy a modern, even trendy setting and tasty food – then give this place a try.
Well, it’s that time of year. I can’t resist showing you some of what my little girl’s classmates in Kindergarten wrote for a project on “How To Cook A Turkey”. I hope this isn’t plagiarizing as I’m listing the work of little 4, 5 and even 6 year olds (there’s a mixture of ages in this Kindergarten class) – but when I first read this, I couldn’t help but laugh. I don’t want to give you their names or even the name of the school, but how about their initials? By the way, one of the set of instructions is also from my little cutie! So here are the kindergartners’ instructions on how to make a turkey:
“First, you get a turkey from a store. Then you use a wipe to make sure it is all clean. Then you put some strawberries on it. You put it in the oven for minutes. Then you eat it!” (T.L.)
“First, you get a turkey from in the wild. Then you use water from the lake to clean it. Then you put some sauce on it. You cook it in a pan in the kitchen on the cooker for 1 minute. Then you eat it!” (B.C.)
“First, you get a turkey from the supermarket. You use water from the sink to wash it and use a towel to dry it. Put spices on top of it. Go to the woods to find a turkey when you see one you catch it and then ou take it home with you. Turn the pan on and put the turkey in it. Flip it over when it’s white. First blue fire temperature About 10 min. Take the turkey out and let it cool down. Serve it.” (C.B.)
“Go to the Thanksgiving, look all around, and get a turkey. Wash the turkey with water in the bathroom. Put an eye on it. Next, put in the pan and put it on the warm fire for 4 hours. Finally, you just eat it!” (C.L.)
“First, you get a turkey from the Thanksgiving store. Next, you wash it in your sink with your hands. Then you put toppings on it, such as frosting and sprinkles. Cook it in the oven on 4 degrees for 5 seconds. Finally, eat it with a fork.” (A.E.)
“First, you get a turkey from the farm. You need to wash it with a towel in the bathroom. Next, chop the turkey. Then you put it in a pot on the warm fire for 5 minutes. You then chop it again and eat it!” (L.K.)
“First, you get a turkey from a special store. Use water and a rag in a big pan in the sink to clean it. Next you put oil on it. Cook the turkey on the stove in a pan on 50 degrees. Cook the turkey for 1 hour. Finally, let it cool down and then eat it!” (B.K.)
Okay, now I will give you a break and present you with two pictures:
First, a picture of a turkey that I made:
Then this is a picture taken of a scrumptious Thanksgiving Day dinner
Now let’s continue with more instructions:
“First, you need to get a turkey from outside. Wash the turkey with your hands in the sink. You cook the turkey in the toaster on 10 degrees for 1 hour. Finally, you eat it!” (R.A.)
“First, you go to Trader Joes to buy a turkey. Next you rip the skin off and put oil on it. Then you put it on the oven on 50 degrees for 60 minutes. Finally, you put good stuff on it like salad dressing and then you eat it.” (C.B.)
“First, you go to Jimbos to get a turkey. Then you sanitize it with a special spray. You put cheese, and a little lettuce on the turkey. Cut the turkey in small pieces. Before you cook it take out the bones. Cook the turkey in the oven on 60 degrees for 40 hours. You can play with toys while you are waiting. Put a warm towel over it when it comes out of the oven. Make rice and dumplings and brocolli and cheeseburger. Enjoy!” (I. S.)
“First, buy a turkey at the store – Sprouts. Use a knife, and you scrape the stuff off. Next, put soy on it. Put the turkey on the pan in the kitchen. Make sure it is really hot – 58 degrees for 1 minute. Eat it!” (L. C.)
“First, you go to the store (supermarket). Next, wash the turkey in the sink with a washcloth and soap. You need to put some spices like salt on the turkey. Cook it on the stove for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Finally, let it cool then you put it on a plate and eat it!” (A. G.)
“First, you get a turkey from the farm. Use water to clean the turkey. Cook the turkey on the stove. Eat it!” (A. R.)
“First, you need to catch a turkey outside or buy one at the store. Get a knife and scrape the dirt off. Then put spice on the turkey. Put the turkey in a pot and put it on the stove. Cook the turkey for 15 minutes. Then you eat it!” (C.K.)
“First, you get a turkey from the store – Thanksgiving store. Then you wash it with a sink and soap and water. Next, you cook the turkey in the oven on 30 degrees for 40 hours. Then you just eat it!” (J. P.)
“First, you get a turkey at the turkey store. Next, use a wipe to clean the turkey. Then, put bread, potatoes, and salad on the turkey. Cook the turkey in the oven – it should be way hot. Keep it in the oven for about 20 minutes. Finally, you eat it!” (T. G.)
“First, you get a turkey from the store. You need to clean the turkey with water. Put the turkey in the oven. Then you eat it!” (W. H.)
“First, get a turkey at the store – Trader Joes. Next, put it in the washing machine to clean it. Cook the turkey in the oven on 25 degrees for 1 hour and 60 minutes. Finally, take it out and eat it!” (B. M.)
“First, you need to get a turkey at the store – Jimbos. then you take the stuffing out and take the bones out. Next, put oil on the turkey. Cook it in the oven on 1 degree for 13 minutes. Finally, put it on a tray, put it on a plate and then you eat it!” (D. M.)
“First, you need to get a turkey at the store – Target. Then you need to wash it in the dishwasher or the sink. Cook the turkey in the oven on 40 degrees for 60 minutes. Then you take it out and let it cool. Finally, you put it on a plate, cut it and put it on the table.” (E. M.)
“First, you need to get a turkey from the store – Vons. Next you wash it in the sink with water. Cook the turkey in the oven on 7 degrees for 4 minutes. Finally, eat it!” (E. F.)
Did you like the variety of instructions? I think we can gather from what they wrote that these little people know the stores that their parents shop at, and obviously participate in some of the routines of their parents such as the shopping. But where did they get the idea that turkeys are washed in the dishwasher or washing machine, or that you cook the turkey for 1 minute or on the other extreme 40 hours? Also, please, please ……if you follow these instructions….don’t cook the turkey on just 4 degrees or 10 degrees! You might be waiting until next Thanksgiving! Whatever you do, and however you cook your turkey……cook it well, I like to cook it on 325 or 350 degrees for at least 8 hours. I’ve even put a turkey in at night in the oven on a very low temperature such as 225 degrees, and cooked it overnight and there is no better smell to wake up to (other than coffee).
If you need a little bit of a Fall or Thanksgiving atmosphere other than turkey pictures, I think these two pictures taken a couple of years ago in Las Vegas should get you in the spirit!
I don’t like tricks much at all, but I certainly like treats! Today, I will share some virtual treats with you, and I hope you will enjoy them.
Treats from USA: I love chocolate, so here is a picture of a great chocolate factory that produces terrific chocolate. Enjoy!
Treats from Italy: I love tea, but can’t produce any great pictures of tea, and since I also love cappuccino, here is one for you (let’s pretend this picture was taken in Italy, but it really was taken in England). Enjoy!
Treats from England: This is a picture that was taken by my son Luca, and he won a prize for it at his school in a photography competition. I am so proud of him! I know that a lot of kids the world over will be eating this type of candy on Halloween. Enjoy!
Treats from India: Okay, so this next one….I didn’t go to India to take the picture, I took it closer to home in Artesia, CA (close to Los Angeles), but still….these are sweets of India, and they’re delicious! Enjoy!
I can’t share any more treats with you, as I think that’s enough treats for one day. Also, as I looked through my pictures, I couldn’t help but think that I should have taken more pictures of food from my travels around the world, why didn’t I take pictures of fish and chips when I lived in England, or pasta when I was in Italy, or Indian food when I was in India a long time ago, or even a picture of any type of food in Jamaica? That could be a reminder for us all – you never know when you might need those pictures or the virtual treats. Enjoy your treats everyone!