I was pleased to be flying over an an A380 - much comfier and excellent inflight entertainment than a standard Boeing 747 - and I was pleased the kids were really well behaved. My son slept for most of the flight, and was well behaved, watching TV or playing iPad the other times, and my daughter was very good watching TV quietly, and eating her airplane food politely without much fuss.
13 hours was going slow at first but by the end it was quick. Apparently I managed to snatch some zzz's on the plane even though I felt like I didn't! The plane wasn't very full, and we could spread out across 9 seats instead of just 7. I was worried about long queues at LAX to but it wasn't that bad - we got fast tracked because we had children, which was pretty cool. Not so cool for Lush and my friend and her daughter who had come to look after the kids for me whilst we're at Blizzcon - they got stuck in the long queue and we had to wait for them.
Getting to the hotel was pretty straightforward - we went to the green sign just under the terminal that was for shuttles and long distance buses and caught the Disneyland resort Express which was $36 return for adults and $28 return for the kids. Took us about 45 minutes or so to get to our hotel.
A quick freshen up after 24 hours of travelling and we went out to get some lunch. Around the corner we went to a place called Starburger which looked like it was run by Korean people. I had a bulgogi burger which was ok, but hubby had a chilli burger which he didn't enjoy. The place was full of people who were something to do with Blizzcon, wearing ESL lanyards and Blizzcon wristbands. One of them looked like Corey Stockton to me, but I didn't think he'd be wearingan ESL lanyard! LOL.
When we walked back to the hotel there was a girl with red hair sitting outside the hotel texting on her phone with a shirt emblazoned with rogue, and carrying a bag with the alliance emblem on it. I smiled at her and she smiled back, but I was too chicken to start a conversation. Makes you wonder if it was anyone I would know and would like to say hi to!
We lazed our afternoon away with a nap and then I messaged Arvash to say I was in LA, and so was he! He was with Chewy, and so we decided to meet up for a quick coffee before dinner, only to find that all the Starbucks were closed. We were outside the Anaheim Convention centre, and all the Blizzcon stuff was up - it was a bit dark for photos though, and I forgot to bring our new fancy schmancy camera.
They walked with us to our restaurant and then I invited them to stay for dinner. We were at Napa Rose, at the Grand Californian Hotel in Disneyland. A pretty fancy hotel, and the meal was quite enjoyable though on the higher end side!
Lush and I had the 4 course tasting menu (excuse the poor photos taken from my phone!):
|Citrus Seared Skuna Bay Salmon Carpaccio|
Shaved Radishes, Chives, Black Bread Croutons and Lemon Aioli
|Cavatelli Pasta Tossed with Spigarello Broccoli and Fontina Cheese|
Housemade Lamb Meatballs and Rich Lamb Jus
|Grilled "Red Deer' Venison Chop|
Sauteed Wild Mushrooms, Pumpkin Gnocchi and Huckleberry Essence
|Milk Chocolate Creme Puffs Crunch|
Pumpkin Ice Cream and Vanilla Sugar
The others othered some of the a la carte dishes:
|Slowly braised Angus Beef Short Rib|
Sweet Potato Tots, Orange Gremolata and Pomegranate-Zinfandel Jus
|Grilled Black Angus Beef tenderloin|
Hazelnut Potato Gnocchi, Brussel Sprouts, Smoked Ham and Mustard Essence
|Breast of Free Range Chicken stuffed with imported Truffle Butter|
Golden Chanterelle Mushrooms, Local Apples and Thyme Essence
|Dark Chocolate Cake with Ice cream|
You know what else was cool about the hotel? They had a bar called hearthstone!
Exhausted, we went back to our hotel. Everyone was falling asleep after the long day and full tummies, looking forward to registering and getting our passes for tomorrow! I think I shall spend the morning shopping!