Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. We decided to leave for a last minute trip to Legoland in Carlsbad. We were set to spend only one day there but we were so pleasantly surprised by the experience both at our hotel and at the park, that we decided to stay an extra day. There hasn’t been much cooking considering this traditional holiday. Here how it went!
Saturday: We had the leftover Orecchiette for diner.
Sunday: Started off with a nice Creamy Coconut Porridge. Now that the weather has finally cooled off, it is nice to have something warm and comforting. Our acai bowls are going home for now…It won’t be long until the sun heats us again.
For diner, I made Mujjadara with Spiced Yogurt. There are many versions of this traditional middle eastern dish, which is basically a combination of lentils and rice. A common one includes caramelized onions. I liked that this particular recipe also included a spiced yogurt.
Monday: I made a Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut Curry Broth. I love any coconut infused dish but sometimes find it too heavy or overpowering. Not in this case since the sauce is thinned by some vegetable broth. It is light yet very flavorful. Love!
Tuesday: Another perfect day for a hike. It was amazing to witness the change in the foliage colors. It is definitely fall, even in L.A. We had the leftover halibut that night. Not much time to cook as it was time to pack for our getaway.
Wednesday: And off we go! after checking in at our hotel, we went to have diner. To set into holiday mood, I had a Chicken Pot Pie (look at the size of that!) and we all shared some Chocolate desserts.
Thursday: Thanksgiving day was an ideal day to visit Legoland. We are usually wary of any attraction park but I have to say, we didn’t expect to like Legoland as much as we did. Surprisingly low crowds and cool weather made the visit really enjoyable.
Now I have a true Thanksgiving story to share. Because our staying over that Thanksgiving night was unexpected, we had no plans whatsoever. We just imagined going to the same nearby hotel restaurant like the night before and call it a night. How wrong we were! The restaurant was closed of course so after getting a few local restaurants recommendations from our hotel front desk, we drove to Downtown Carlsbad. Every single restaurant was booked up and my daughter was getting hungrier by the minute. Anyone who has had to to deal with a hungry cranky child knows what I’m talking about. We were starting to think that we would have to feast on supermarket food on Thanksgiving night but then, something magical happened. My husband called our hotel and explained the situation and we were graciously invited to share all the Thanksgiving food that was brought up for the hotel employees working that night! I tell you, our Thanksgiving meal never tasted so good and we were so immensely grateful!
Friday: it was a challenge to eat healthy the whole trip and really at the end, I couldn’t wait to go back to my cooking. I still had to try the infamous Granny’s Apple Fries though. This was a one-time experience. Next time, we’ll know better and come prepared.
I would really have loved to have something fresh and healthy, possibly very green, for that night, but after coming home, convenience won and I made a quick Rice, peas and Ham dish, Risotto style.
Have a great week!