Brunch at Tortilla Jo’s in Downtown Disney

Tortilla Jo's Brunch Menufor us, weekends are a celebration of food. while we most often go out to lunch or dinner, it is always a treat to be able to change it up and go out for brunch. for me, brunch is the perfect meal. you still get the sweet and yummy of breakfast with a helping of savory lunch.

a couple of weekends ago, the hubby and i had a delicious brunch at Tortilla Jo’s in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. celebrating the culinary heritage of Mexico, Tortilla Jo’s has south-of-the-border Mexican cuisine, tableside guacamole, and refreshing drinks to satisfy anyone. its’ vibrant spirit and modern pueblo atmosphere make dining at Tortilla Jo’s an experience not to be missed for Mexican food lovers.Tortilla Jo's in Downtown DisneyTortilla Jo's Restaurantbrunch at Tortilla Jo’s was awesome. i love Mexican food, so this is my favorite kind of brunch. there was a little bit of everything to enjoy on the weekend brunch menu. my favorite was this fresh, vibrant Apple Spring Salad with mango, apples, watermelon radish, jicama, spinach, oatmeal and dried blueberries. it was perfectly dressed and seasoned. but this was just the beginning…
Spring Apple SaladTortilla Jo's Apple Spring Salad

there are many entrees to choice for brunch at Tortilla Jo’s, and don’t forget about the table side guacamole and bottomless mimosas that can be served at you meal. and your table will also be refilled with freshly made tortilla chips and salsa.Tortilla Jo's Brinch MenuTortilla Jo's Avocado Painting here are a few of the menu items that we enjoyed during our brunch. Huevos Rancheros – corn tortilla, refried beans, two sunny side up eggs, salsa ranchera, cotija cheese, served with papas a la Mexicana, Machaca con Huevos Chile Relleno – shredded beef and egg stuffed poblano chile, smoked tomato salsa, served with Mexican rice and refried beans, and ahhhhh!  Cinnamon French Toast – brioche, cinnamon, candied walnuts, cajeta syrup, horchata whipped cream. soooooo good!

Brunch at Tortilla Jo's in Downtown DisneyTortilla Jo's Rice and BeansBrunch at Tortilla Jo'sTortilla Jo's French Toast and besides the wonderful food that i had seconds and thirds of, the decor is bright and colorful and just makes you feel happy!Tortilla Jo's DecorTortilla Jo's Stairs
be sure to end your brunch with a sweet dessert. from churros en bolsa to deep fried ice cream to coconut flan to postre de manzana, you didn’t have to ask me twice to have a little dessert to top of my lovely brunch.
Tortilla Jo's Churros

it’s always fun to find a new restaurant that you can enjoy brunch at. i can’t imagine a better way to spend the morning – good food and good company. next time you are in Downtown Disney or want to have a south of the border inspired brunch, head over to Tortilla Jo’s. the menu is online, and there are also kids meal options available, as Tortilla Jo’s is definitely family friendly.Tortilla Jo's Restaurant Breakfast Menu

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in the OC

although it doesn’t feel like fall here in Orange County, and definitely not winter, you can still get into the winter spirit by visiting one of Orange County outdoor ice skating rinks. there are two outdoor ice skating rinks that have opened up for the holiday season here in the OC, the Irvine Spectrum Ice Skating Rink and the Downtown Disney Ice Skating Rink. what a fun activity for the whole family. a fun family night…that must be paired off with a cup of hot chocolate (when the weather cools down).
Downtown Disney Ice Skating Rink
Downtown Disney District 
between the AMC 12 Theatres and ESPN Zone
inspired by the Disney film Secret of the Wings — starring Tinker Bell and her fairy friends — this beautiful outdoor rink has mood-setting music and cool lighting effects. it will delight guests of all ages. don’t miss your chance to celebrate the season with some traditional wintertime fun. 
hours
Open through January 6, 2013
Sunday through Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
 Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
 cost
$15 general admission  •  $3 skate rental 
$12 toddler admission  •  skate rental (size 8T–13T double-bladed skates available)
helmets and wrist guards are mandatory and will be provided free of charge.
parking
3 hours free parking. receive up to 5 hours of free parking with validation.

Irvine Spectrum Ice Skating Rink
Irvine Spectrum Shopping Center
by the Giant Wheel Court Adjacent to Macy’s & Nordstrom
hours
November 1, 2012 to February 18, 2013
11:00 am – 12:15 pm 
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm 
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm 
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm 
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm 
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm 
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm 
9:30 pm – 10:45 pm 
(extended session available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Nov. 18-21, Dec. 23, Jan. 1 & 20 and Feb. 17) 
CLOSED Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day
November 23 – Open 12:30 am – 8:00 am and 11:00 am – 10:45 pm 
December 24 – Open 11:00 am – 6:15 pm 
December 31 – Open 11:00 am – 9:15 pm 
January 1 – Open 11:00 am – 10:45 pm 
 cost
$14.00 general admission  •  $3 skate rental 
$12 toddler admission  •  includes skate rental (sizes 8T – 12T only) 
$129 season pass  •  includes admission + skate rental (no blackout dates) 
no charge for helmets (recommended; available upon request) 

RIDEMAKERZ: my kids dream day!

last weekend was the weekend my kids had been anticipating for weeks. we went to RIDEMAKERZ® in Downtown Disney!

haven’t heard of RIDEMAKERZ®? well, imagine entering the world’s coolest custom car shop and being able to choose from dozens of cars…and then actually being able to build and customize your favorite. seriously…it wass awesome!!!!!!  the most fun my boys have had….maybe ever in their lives….they REALLY LOVE this sort of thing.

so, how does RIDEMAKERZ work? well, first you pick out your favorite car or truck body. 
(my shy little guy)

then, you get to trick out your car! pick some wheels and rims.

next, you get to go to the pit area where you actually get to build your car. you get to use REAL TOOLS! and…if you want to put a remote control in….YOU CAN!

then, you can trick your car out even more! add accessories….stickers, engines, real working lights, a fin, a hood scoop, larger motor, running boards, tail pipes….soooo many different accessories that i can’t even name them all.

RIDEMAKERZ® has so many cool cars and accessories it was hard for my boys to pick. between the body styles and colors, and all the parts, RIDEMAKERZ® estimates there are more than 649 million possible combinations, not including individual decal placement.

RIDEMAKERZ® even has the cars from Disney’s Cars!!!! and making their debut last monday were the new cars from Disney’s Cars 2. check a few out…

RIDEMAKERZ® is a fun and immersive car building and customizing experience for the whole family with over 649 million ways to customize your favorite radio-control car or “RIDE.”  This modern day car concept takes America’s love of cars and the massive car customizing movement to the next level.  Its distinctive combination of real and online activities provides choice, unleashes creativity, encourages collaboration, fosters confidence and instills a sense of community.
RIDEMAKERZ® cars cost anywhere between $18 – $36 for a stock car. this includes stock tires & rims. accessories are extra and are priced anywhere from $3 – $15. adding a remote control is $25.  and the great thing about these cars is that they are completely interchangable. everything is magnetic and and can be switched out! so you can use getting new parts as a reward system. and at $3 for a new set of rims or cool accessory…it’s an affordable treat!
you can visit at any of their 5 locations…plus they have smaller versions of the RIDEMAKERZ® stores at  Disney Interactive Stores across the United States. and if there isn’t one near you….you can build your own car online.
stay tuned….because tomorrow, i will be sharing a great coupon….plus, there will be a giveaway…that may or may not be a gift certificate to RIDEMAKERZ®.

thank you RIDEMAKERZ® for such developing such a great store! we love it!!!

{ disclaimer: we we’re invited guest of RIDEMAKERZ and were given coupons to build our cars. all of these opinions are my own. we had an unbelievably fun day building our cars and have already planned a trip to go back. }