LAX Layover // MB Creamery + the Blue Bayou

Feeling blessed to have had a great first trip back to work after a 14 month break/maternity leave. I had a junior/chill crew, super empty flights, I got to work the best (my favorite) position on the plane, and most of all, I got to spend my layover with the hubby!

Feeling so blessed to have Moms that support us and our financial dreams. Although it requires me to work on the weekends now (because that's when they're off), I'll take what I can get. Anyways, after a night of rest, we woke up bright and early (6am to be exact) to make the most of our time alone. We started off our morning working out in the hotel, then we picked up a cheap rental car, went to Manhattan Pier (where we saw two pods of dolphins), went to the Manhattan Creamery (where we had homemade ice cream sandwiches and chocolate covered bacon), then we were off to Disneyland (where we got to experience the Blue Bayou Restaurant for the first time. After 8 hours there we stopped at Trader Joe's before heading back to the hotel. Loved our day date in LA--my treat before I have to be a single Mom again for the next 2 weeks. But thank goodness for this little Mommy break. I feel rejuvenated, rested and ready to take on my #momlife responsibilities again. Here's a snapshot of our day. Enjoy!

Dolphins!

Dolphins!

And in case you were wondering, the Manhattan Beach Creamery is located right outside of the Manhattan Beach Pier and serves 28 flavors of homemade ice cream daily. They switch out the flavors so it won't always be the same when you go, but they also sell ice cream by the pint, so you may find your specific flavor there. What they are known for, however, are their Cream'wich Sandwiches. This is actually the home of the Original Ice Cream Sandwich. They use fresh baked cookies from their family bakery and combine it with their homemade ice cream and voila, you have a Cream'wich! And the combination is to die for. If you are ever in the area, you need to try this place out! 

Lastly, I need to talk about the Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland for a bit. Going to that restaurant has been a desire of mine for the past couple of years, but since we always have our kids when we go to Disneyland, we don't ever make an effort to go. I dunno, I just always felt like it wouldn't be the same with kids. From the outside looking in, it looks so dark, quiet and romantic. You can see hanging balloon lanterns, candle lit tables and even fireflies flicking. I don't know about you, but that kind of setting just doesn't seem like a place for kids to me. Soooooo since we were without them this time, I thought, perfect! We have to go now. Especially since we never know when this may happen again. So we did it!

We didn't have reservations, however, we were still able to get in. Of course, I would recommend getting a reservation beforehand so you can guarantee yourself a spot in the restaurant at the time you want to go, however, know that you still have a chance of getting in even without one. We just so happened to be there at the right time (not during lunch hour, of course) and not only got in as a walk-in, but only had to wait for about 10 minutes before we were seated. It was awesome! And uhhh, it was everything I imagined it would be. It was dark, quiet, romantic, and not only did it come with the sights, but it came with the sounds too. You can hear water from the Pirates of the Caribbean boats passing by, in addition to the frogs croaking and crickets chirping. Every sight and sound added to the total ambiance of the restaurant and I really loved it. Even the food was delicious! The only thing that could've been better would've been sitting along the water. But now that I know, I am definitely going to make a reservation next time. And who knows, I may even bring the kids along? Maybe once they are a little bit older, perhaps? I saw other kids in there and they were pretty well behaved. Not sure mine would be the same, but I am at least entertaining the idea because that's just how much I liked it. (As a side note: just know that they have a strict cancellation policy.)

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Now before I close, I have to talk about one last thing: the Monte Cristo sandwich. The Blue Bayou Restaurant (and Disneyland in general), is known for this sandwich. I found out that it was actually on the original menu when the restaurant first opened in 1967 and it is still being served today! Not only is it still being served, but it is the most popular dish as well. This is a must try if you go to Disneyland.

So what is it exactly? Well if I could explain it in the most simple terms, I'd say that it tastes like a grilled ham and cheese sandwich served in funnel cake. I have never tasted anything quite like it before, so I think my taste buds were in shock for a minute there trying to process all the flavors. Haha. It was sweet and savory in one. So I'd say just try it out for yourself if you ever make your way to Disneyland, so you can make your own judgement on it. We actually really liked it. We also liked that the portions were huge. We were actually able to share one, surprisingly.

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So here comes my money saving tip of the day: just order one Monte Cristo entree to share for two. Since it was on the pricey side (for my taste), we really did order only one and I just got myself a kids meal with the intention of trying and sharing the Monte Cristo with Spencer. It was purely to save on costs (since I'm always traveling on a budget), but even with doing that, we still had leftovers. So now I'd say, just share one Monte Cristo entree for two. (Granted, my husband does not eat a lot, so this might not work for everyone, but it would totally work for us and we will totally do that in the future. :)

Happy Traveling! XO!