Celebrating Easter with Maya & Peeps

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Because we don't have kids, we spoil our Princess Maya rotten....and although we really don't do much for Easter, other than going to mass and brunch with friends or family, this year we wanted to do something special for our girl...


So we got her a PEEP...


But this peep squeaks; and unfortunately for Maya, is not made of sweet marshmellowish goodness like the ones for us...but she doesn't care and LOVES it!

As soon as we gave it to her, she ran around our place throwing the PEEP up in the air and jumping to catch it halfway down.

Maya did it this so many times that eventually she tired herself out, laying down next to the PEEP.

Which was perfect and what I needed to get in a few photos of our girl :-)

Ana Lydia

Latin Food Fest in Santa Monica

Monday, March 30, 2015

I was invited by my dear bloggy friend Monica, from My Life is a Journey to attend the First Annual Latin Food Fest in Santa Monica, organized by the same folks that produce the San Diego Latin Food Fest.


The three-hour event was divided into three different ticketed areas: a general area with live entertainment and a few restaurants offering tastings; a substantial liquor lounge with a handful of food brands; and a VIP lounge.

Being that food is a huge part of the Westside culture, it's no surprise that the event was filled with local foodies and folks that drove in to spend the day in Santa Monica.

Let me repeat...it was filled-to-the-brim with folks.

My bloggy friend Monica enjoying OYSTERS :)

While the food I tasted was good, the selection was limited and sometimes repetitive (there were three different taco booths); and although this event was touted as Latino, it was far and large Mexican-food focused...which is good, but, popusas (Salvadorean), Oaxaquen (Southern Mexico), Peruvian Ceviche, and Argentinean parilladas (BBQ) were missing...and how can they be missing when LA has the best? (Hint-hint for the organizers)

I was also disappointed not to see the bigger names in the LA Latino food scene either repping their restaurant, signing their cookbooks, or making an appearance...Maybe next year?

But not all was lost on this gorgeous and beyond hot afternoon: I discovered a few of restaurants (albeit pretty far and not really located in LA metro, but worth the trek if their Latino Food Fest sampling is representative of the food they serve at their restaurant); and of course, I have to share my favorite dishes from the Latino Food Fest with you!

Ana Lydia

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1. Agua Chile


2. Shrimp Tacos


3. Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas


4. Tapas


5. Tortas Ahogadas



HONORABLE MENTION...
Lets not forget DESSERT...any and all from La Compania de Cafe, which is located in the city of San Fernando! (Blog post/review of my many visits coming soon!)



Ana Lydia

METROPOLIS II Hot Wheels Kinetic Exhibit at LACMA

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Not sure if I shared before, but after a brief membership hiatus from LACMA, we renewed our membership as part of my birthday gift.

What can I say, I prefer couples gifts and things that I can do together with my hubby.

Any who, completely unplanned, but we discovered the Metropolis II Hot Wheels Kinetic Exhibit during our last visit...and I couldn't resist taping a small show-and-tell video.



Both my hubby and I found the exhibit intense, creative, and entertaining...So much so that we couldn't resist walking around all sides, and of course, taping from all angles.

Ana Lydia

Whale Watching in Long Beach with Harbor Cruises

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Thank you to Harbor Cruises for inviting my hubby and me to celebrate my birthday!


When my hubby asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday this year, I told him I wanted to see whales to try out my new camera lens.

Where can you see whales? Actually, not that far from where we live: Long Beach Harbor.


Highly recommended by a photographer friend, we picked Harbor Breeze Cruises because of their experience providing whale watching cruises in Long Beach for over 18 years. 

Although not guaranteed because animals are unpredictable, we saw several gray whales, dolphins, sea lions, and lots and lots of seagulls...talk about picking the right tour!


Our tour boat was a double-deck 65 foot, 149 passenger vessel, which provided ample space to meander and relax as we got out into the ocean. 

While Frank mostly chatted with midwest tourists on the outdoor seating area and enjoyed the snacks he bought at the snack bar, I walked around the outside viewing area to get a full view of the ocean in the hopes I would see a whale... 


The tour operator was great and would call out when a whale, dolphin, or any other marine animal was in sight to prepare our cameras....and boy was that awesome!

Coincidently I connected with a professional photographer that takes the tour every month. So while she was shooting on her pro camera, she would turn to me to give me tips.  

Call it my birthday field trip!



I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday because I got the gift I wanted: I SAW WHALES and was able to immortalize the moment by getting my most sought-after me-gift: PHOTOS!

These are a a few photos of the last whale we saw during our tour:


Harbor Breeze Cruises is located in Rainbow Harbor adjacent to the Aquarium of the Pacific at Dock #2. Exit the 710 South, follow the signs to the aquarium. [click for directions]

The two-hour tour Whale and Dolphin Tour, which typically runs November through April 30 was $35. Harbor Cruises offers seniors discounted tickets for only $30; while tickets for Children 11 and under is $25, and children two and under can ride for free.

Ana Lydia

Princess Maya wishes you a Happy National Puppy Day

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


From my little family to yours, wishing you a National Puppy Day filled with wet kisses and lotsa love.

Ana Lydia
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