After a quick google search, I confirmed this is not a common pizza place. There are 3 listed. This one, in Anaheim, lies on 1534 S. Harbour Blvd. just down from our hotel. May I just say...amazing. It was set up like a Subway Restaurant, only infinitely cooler. You watch them create your pizza from start to finish- from pressing a ball of dough to adding toppings and running it through the oven.
The Pizza Press is hands down the best pizza I've ever eaten. The one we ordered, above, is called "The Tribune". Calling Pizza 73 "pizza", when compared to pizza from The Pizza Press is like calling a hot dog "steak". There is no comparison. Pizza's not even close to the one food I could happily eat every day, but if this was available locally, it would definitely make it onto my monthly meal plan. I would even give up coffee at Starbucks with the girls and go to McDonald's with them instead. That's how good it was.
If anyone reading this from the Edmonton, Alberta area would like to look into franchising, I can promise you that we'll be your most loyal and regular customers! And if you head out to Disneyland, you simply must go here. There is always a line up, but the wait is worth it! (Besides, after an afternoon at Disneyland, you will be used to lining up!)
Aww, I have the sweetest child in the world. My second son, AKA "the picky one" was so happy with dinner a couple of nights ago. He even told me he liked the little extra-lean ground turkey hamburgers I made "more than cookies" - that's high praise, coming from him. He really, really likes cookies. We don't have them too often, because we all really like cookies, if we're going to be honest. And he took a second helping! That has never happened at dinner before. He watched us happily finish our plates half full of vegetables and fruit, and ate up most of his too. We're still working on introducing fruit to his tastebuds. So far he acts like it tastes worse than children's anti-nausea medication. I mean, who doesn't like raspberries? Or oranges? Or grapes?
My second son's blood work confirmed he's marching towards anemia, so I've been working hard at providing foods I know he'll eat, a little less experimentation and test-kitchen projects. I'm fortunate that he likes meat- mostly ground cuts, but he also enjoys other kinds, if he's in the right mood. And because he'll eat anything if it's in soup, it looks like we're heading into soup season. Last night's dinner was vegetable and pork soup with navy beans. He gobbled it up. Luckily for us, we're not stuck in a perpetual heat wave like Southern California is, otherwise eating soup for dinner a couple of times a week would feel like a trial. Because it's almost winter here, soup is a comforting and welcome meal.
What have you been doing this week? I was fighting a cold and lack of sleep over the Thanksgiving weekend, so most of my week was spent catching up (still) on our California holiday laundry and housework, with generous room for naps, yoga, physiotherapy, coffee dates, and a car appointment. I found some time to follow rabbit trails on the internet this week regarding food and nutrition, and discovered this really interesting article about how France is introducing legislation to prevent supermarkets from deliberately spoiling foods. I am hopeful and optimistic that this sort of thing will come to North America, and soon.
I know I promised some school lunch posts. I'm working on photographing my favorites, and should have a post on that done by the end of October. What kinds of things are you putting in your lunches this year? Are you finding most of the food coming home, uneaten? Most of the meals I sent to school with both kids came home, so our lunches are a lot more lean than they were at the beginning of the school year.
This was a lunch I packed at the beginning of September for my second son, who's in grade 1. He likes all kinds of bread, so the pita bread was gone. He ate half the apples, a few carrots, and brought home the yogurt, because he decided he doesn't like it anymore.
Today he took a slim hamburger bun (the kind I use for my egg breakfast sandwiches), about 4 carrots, and a cheese string. It will be eaten in his 20 minute allotment. He'll come home from school ravenous, and eat a peanut butter sandwich and some apple slices, and then we'll eat dinner not too long after that.
My favorite school lunches are the ones that kids will eat! There a few exceptions, though. I won't buy "lunchables", those processed bento-box type meals, though on occasion will send to school a similar sort of homemade lunch. My first son was terribly picky too, so his lunches were also bare boned basics. Having gone through the picky kid thing before, though, I know my second will come around by the time he's out of elementary school, too.
More posts to follow soon, including the one I promised on school lunches, and on a great pizzeria we discovered just down from our hotel in Anaheim. I was sorting through my pictures and realized I forgot to tell you all about it!
All the best to you today, and this weekend, friends.
Home from our holidays, and back in my kitchen. Cooking for our family again, and glad of it, though I am so grateful for the break. What does your meal plan look like for the week and for our Thanksgiving weekend ahead? I'm getting spoiled this year- being hosted at 2 different dinner parties!
Last night we enjoyed a curry dish with pork meatballs, steamed green beans, and roasted sweet potatoes before I headed out to tap dance class. We found out our theme- it's going to be so much fun! If you're in the Edmonton area, you should come watch us dance at competition.
Today is a lot busier than usual- I get to go to a Chamber of Commerce lunch, and right after that when my second son gets home from school we're heading to an appointment, so tonight's dinner is leftover minestrone soup. I'm hoping there's time for yoga tonight! I've got some classes to make up after missing them last week.
Thursday is a small batch of beef and bean chili, served with steamed spinach and whole wheat rolls.
Friday is some sort of soup. I'm dragging out the crock pot, pulling leftover meat from the freezer, and throwing in some vegetables. That will serve us all weekend in between yummy thanksgiving feasts. We've got some kitchen organization to get to this weekend, too. Things need to be cleaned up and relocated to give me more counter space.
What does your week ahead look like?
Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend, friends! May you find reasons to be thankful.
I know I haven't posted in a while, but we've been away on a family holiday and tried to mostly unplug. I hope you've been well!
I wish I could say that most of my food was fresh and wonderful, but generally speaking it was deep fried and heavily salted. The joys of travelling with an uncertain eater (aka the second son) meant we had to go where he would eat without a fight- food should not be a fight, especially on vacation! For the most part, it was Disneyland park food for us. I tried to get apples and carrot sticks for the kids instead of fries every second meal, and did everything I could to find fruit and vegetables for husband and myself. It was hard, but not completely impossible.
Following, a few pictures and stories about the people we met, the places we went, the food we ate, the things we saw, and so on.
The Anaheim Tour Company
We did not rent a car. Vacation is meant to be enjoyed, not praying to survive the travel, so we hired this company to take us places- whale watching one day, and on a beach tour another day. As much as I loved being in the parks, 5 days straight would have been far too much. Having a couple of days off in between, and getting to spend some time at the ocean, made our vacation much more enjoyable for me. I even got to enjoy some solitude at the beach, which is something I sorely needed.
Our driver, Elliot, was funny and informative. Along the way he pointed out places and told us interesting stories and facts about the things we saw. He spent a lot of his time walking us around our stops to get oriented with where we were and where we needed to meet him to travel to the next place. He took terrific family photos of us, and never rushed us along. We met interesting people on the O C Cruiser, too. I would like to shout out to Jerry, the Sobeys assistant manager from the Belmont location in Edmonton, Alberta. It was great to meet you!
I would highly recommend hiring this tour company. When we go back to Southern California, we'll be using their services again.
Davey's Locker Whale Watching
When my second son was just 3 months old, we went whale watching off the coast of British Columbia. We were enthralled by the resident orcas that we got to see. However, that experience was obviously not memorable for the little person sleeping in my baby bjorn the whole time we were out at sea. Plus it was off the coast of Canada. While we can have beautiful, sunny, sometimes hot days in Victoria, BC, we can also have grey, windy, bleak, and cold days- even in July. This trip off the coast of southern California was beautiful. It made a really hot day a lot more pleasant.
We saw common dolphins, sea lions, and a humpback whale! The captain did everything he could to make sure all of us got a good view of him. There were plenty of other boats out there, but this whale hung around quite a bit. One of the passengers named him (her?) Pepe. Watching that whale come up from under us was amazing.
We learned that blue whales haven't been seen lately off the coast due to rising water temperatures and the subsequent lack of food, but the warmer water makes the humpbacks more likely to see. Marlin are also more common now in this location. Here's an interesting article I found that talks about this.
Both Newport and Huntington have a Ruby's Diner. The view is amazing, of course...I think the view from everywhere we went was amazing. We enjoyed our lunch and some sightseeing here before we went whale watching.
And look at this! I found a salad! The meal my second son had pretty much sums up most of what the kids ate most of the time we were gone...hot dog and fries.
Huntington Beach has a "full service" Ruby's Diner, according to our ATC driver Elliot, but we didn't go there. Instead, we went to Johnny Rockets, which I haven't been to before, not having them here in Alberta. There we ate some very tasty diner food and enjoyed conversation with the gentleman working there, CJ.
I recommend this place and that man. CJ made our time in Huntington Beach very enjoyable. He was full of conversation and advice about where to go and what to do. The facilities were clean and the location bright and enjoyable. That man took such good care of us!
Disneyland and California Adventure
At first I thought my husband was crazy when he insisted on a 5 day hopper pass. However, even with that, we didn't get to everything...though we got to repeat some of our favorites, and saw a bunch of shows, and 2 parades. It's the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, so maybe some of what we saw was a special anniversary thing, but I couldn't say for sure. We saw Aladdin, described to me as a broadway-style musical, Disney Junior Live-on-Stage, Fantasmic, Mickey's Magical Map, Disneyland Forever fireworks and show, the Pixar Play Parade, and Mickey's Soundsational Parade.
My favorite ride: Radiator Spring Racers (I seriously could have done this non stop. It was so fun!)
A close second: Soaring over California
Least favorite ride: Matterhorn- so bumpy and jerky. Awful.
A close second: Indiana Jones- so bumpy and jerky, far too loud. Couldn't understand a word of Indy's conversation. Husband and first son told me it wasn't like that the day before, so maybe there were technical difficulties.
Rainforest Cafe and Blue Bayou
These were 2 places we decided to get to after we were so done with burgers, pizza, and hot dogs. Both of us enjoyed the meals, albeit expensive. That being said, everywhere in the parks was expensive. More than half our spending money was spent on food and water. And I was hoping for vegetables, but the quantity was pretty sad. About half a cup at RC, plus about a quarter cup of mango salsa, and 4 green beans comprised their "seasonal vegetable" selection at BB, although I did have a side salad. You definitely pay for the atmosphere!
This pretty much sums up our holiday. I took hundreds of pictures, but most of them would be of no interest to anyone but our family, and I still have to sort them, delete the ones that didn't work, and organize them in some way.