Father’s Day Brunch at Wine Bar George

From our Inbox:

Seven Layers of Awesome

Behold…The Dad Stack. Join us on Father’s Day for seven layers of French Toast, French Fries, Bacon, Sausage Gravy, Chicken Sausage, Skirt Steak and Sunny Side Up Eggs. See you June 16 for brunch?

Ah, Wine Bar George – no, we won’t be there for Father’s Day (although, we have other fun plans), but oh how we miss you! Just this time last year we were enjoying the “Rosé Tasting with Master Sommellier” event with you, George. So much fun – we hung out with you often. We were your first customers on your first full opening day. And you were the last place we went before our move back West. Thanks for the memories!

Our compensation is making reservations for special dining events for Rich’s birthday this summer at Disneyland! Woo hoo!

 

What a Difference a Year Makes

It’s shocking to note how different our lives were one year ago. There we were in January 2018, new owners of a Florida beach house, buying new furniture, getting new kitty, new car, settling in, so pleased to see how much Skipper loved the single story – he never did like our two-story house in Vegas – not the stairs anyway.

And here we are in January 2019, Skipper is gone, my dad is gone, Rich’s dad is gone, and now his aunt is gone. Such losses and we feel every one! On the house front, here we are making repair lists for a rental home in Las Vegas, a bit shocked at the new home prices in Vegas (so outrageous, they’re bound to crash and burn again – does nobody learn anything?), Disneyland prices, and travel prices in general. I blame the vloggers on YouTube. 🙂

All in all, I’m very happy to be here. It’s home. The morning desert sun peeks through the red-tiled roofs of the neighboring houses and I feel like I’m in California. The Summerlin/Red Rock area is so very nice, if you don’t mind high-density living, but, then, that’s Vegas just about everywhere now. Forget backyards – we used to feel so smug at the size of our Southern Highland backyard – but now you’re lucky to have a driveway. I guess the desert is precious land now. Must conserve the dirt – lol!

We’ve been having such fun catching up on old and new favorite places, returning to our church, which is such a blessing.

Well, I think this just about catches us up with the whole “Florida beach house to Las Vegas RV boat house” report. Moving forward, we’ll be planning our first trip back to Disneyland this spring before the whole Star Wars hysteria begins.

Red Rock Casino – you might recall we stayed there last August on Rich’s business trip – a trip that was the instigator to calling us back home, both job-wise and personal-wise.

 

Hussong’s – there are two Vegas locations of the famous Hussong’s in Ensenada where the Margarita was invented.

Video captured from one of our cruises to Ensenada, Mexico.

Packing Day: Where’s Crazy Daisy?

By packing day, all had been going well for the move. But then the packers arrived early, taking us by surprise and we didn’t have the cats locked away in their cages. They were hanging out in the master bedroom. I think the plan was to put them in the hall bath. So when strangers entered the house and we opened the master bedroom door, Daisy when crazy!! She’s the kitten we got last January and we had no idea how she would react to a move. Shadow, thankfully, is an awesome mover – the best moving cat we’ve had!

Daisy is afraid of strangers and her sole mission is to hide to keep herself safe. The problem is we had no idea where she was hiding. She headed for the couch, but we turned that couch upside down but couldn’t find her. We were in deep freak-out mode! Of course my wild imagination worried that she would get packed in a box. Rich, the more rational one, said that she would never let a packer pack her in a box and he was confident they wouldn’t pack her anyway. Well, from our previous packing adventures, I wasn’t so sure about that.

Anyway, we stressed for hours while the packers packed up the entire house. We didn’t bother putting Shadow away, hoping he’d find her and let us know where she was. He is such an awesome kitty, he was totally chill for the 6 hours they were there, but we never saw where Daisy was hiding. We looked and looked and called out to her but no sign of her – we were  stressed beyond belief.

We’d talked earlier about doing our usual Residence Inn with the cats while the packing was going on, but somehow we thought it would be better if I was there to help Rich with the packers, and to make sure boxes were marked properly. Ha! We were totally oblivious to what the packers were doing and we didn’t care. All we cared about was finding Daisy and making sure she was safe. We were just sick with worry!

The packers finished and left, and all we could think to do was rest on the bed, hoping once the house got quiet, she would come out of her hiding place. Which is exactly what she did. We suspected she had crawled up into a small alcove under the left arm of the couch.

Daisy’s favorite red chair – she is small so she can hide in a lot of places, even if it means ripping a hole underneath the furniture.

Daisy’s favorite hiding place – the red couch – we suspect she crawled up under the arm of the chaise side because she was nowhere to be found when we turned the couch upside down.

Florida Beach House to Vegas RV Boat House

The theme for this leg of our journey is “Florida Beach House to Vegas RV Boat House.” You remember some of the other themes, such as “Oregon Cabin,” “Sanford Stinky House,” “Hotel California,” and “Orlando Resort Living.”

Okay, so we’re not really living in an RV or a boat house but watching our RVers and boaters living the mobile life full-time is helping us (me) cope with the usual rental property that is so less than our usual brand new homes. I know, we’ve been spoiled with so many brand new homes, which is what we prefer. So as I watch them cope with their mechanical challenges, it helps me cope with ours.

I grew up in brand new homes in SoCal and have lived in several as an adult. Rich and I have been blessed to have built five with two brand new rentals thrown into the mix. Is there a sixth new build in our future or will we choose to remain more mobile because it’s always a pain to sell the house when we’re ready to move on? That is the big question for 2019.

Of course, the new year doesn’t really get started until the first full week so we’re finishing up holiday treats, making repairs on this place, setting goals, and trying to figure out how to move forward.

I didn’t meet my weight loss goal for 2018. I’m on the slow road to weight loss, which I’m very pleased with, but after a year and a half of vacation living, travel, and tragedy, I’m doing well to be holding my own. Here’s hoping I meet that weight loss goal this year. I should if I don’t get distracted too much.

So in the spirit of catching up on our latest adventures, I’m going to get cranking documenting December 2018 and the move from Florida Beach House to Vegas RV Boat House. 🙂

I’ll start with our last time at La Fiesta in Port Orange, Florida, one of the best Mexican restaurants we’ve found east of the Mississippi. Yep, we were regulars – lol!

Rich pondering the menu after ordering a Modelo

The “Mexican” Margarita with Don Julio

Yum!! (sorry, brother Bob)

Carne Asada Tacos – my usual

Skirt Steak Chimi Churri for Rich

After watching FreshBaked on a daily basis to keep up with Disneyland, we decided to celebrate with a churro finale.

If I’d written this post back then, I might have said we’re going to miss this. But we have such a plethora of choices here in Las Vegas and nearby SoCal, which I’m sure we’ll be mentioning in the future.

Our 18-Month Florida Vacation Playlist

For videos of our most recent time living in Central Florida, check out our 18-Month Florida Vacation Playlist on our new YouTube Channel.

2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Round 4

The F&W Festival gets more and more crowded each week, and Saturday, wouldn’t you know it, seemed to be the hottest, most humid day yet. It may have been the last hot and humid day of 2018, because it’s been cooler ever since. Anyway, all I know is that I dripped sweat like I was in Thailand so many years ago. It makes it all so very tiring, and we didn’t have a lot of energy for this one.

But our list of things to do on this trip wasn’t that ambitious – mostly to revisit Taste Track and get another one of those tasty Chocolate Raspberry Croissant Donuts, the Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, and, perhaps, the Short Rib Tostada at Mexico or the Black Pepper Garlic Shrimp Noodles in China. We did all of the above (except for the noodles) and more.

We also tried the Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes when we got the Skirt Steak. I actually preferred the Corned Beef over the Skirt Steak, although the smoke on the steak stood out nicely.

So, back to the beginning.  We debated about whether to choose the Festival Center or Taste Track for our first stop but we were so hungry, Taste Track won. But we had to wait about 7 minutes for the booth to open, but it was worth the wait.

Then, we were off to the Festival Center for our free on 4th visit Passholder Mickey cutting boards (so cute!) and a couple of Mimosas to wash down breakfast. Rich got the Blood Orange I got the Tropical – mine was a bit too sweet and his was a bit too tart so we mixed them to get it just right. Hard to tell which is which from the photos.

We stumbled around and found the Flavors from Fire both and got the Skirt Steak with Chimichurri and Polenta and the Corned Beef with Crispy Potatoes (amazing cheese sauce) and a wine pairing (Michael David Winery: 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Lodi).

My apologies for the not so great photos – the sun was so bright it really was hard to see what I was snapping.

We thought we might want a refreshing Baileys Guiness Milkshake in Ireland but partway there, we decided to turn around and head for Mexico for the Short Rib Tostada and a couple of Margaritas – so hot and sweaty out!

Halfway through the margaritas, we decided to head over to Hawaii for some dessert. Rich got in line and I snagged a table.

The Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Macadamia Nuts was awesome!

We’d also heard great things about the Maple Walnut Cheesecake at the Cheese Studio so we made a final stop on our way out. It was quite tasty, too, but better suited for Thanksgiving – it had a real taste of Fall but too heavy for such a hot, humid day.

My favorite was the Passion Fruit Cheesecake in Hawaii, although the Maple Walnut may have been Rich’s favorite. Both delicious and a great way to end the 2018 Food & Wine Festival for us.

Leaving Florida: What I Will Miss

I will miss the morning sunlight peeking through the trees,
Soaring birds chirping their morning wakefulness,
Squawking gulls flapping their wings,
Treading shore birds scanning the pond for breakfast.

I will miss sipping my coffee on the lanai greeting the dawn with prayer,
Scribbling my early thoughts,
Clearing my mind of nighttime fears,
Making room for gratitude and thankfulness.

I will miss cocktails and apps overlooking the springs at the BoatHouse,
Strolling World Showcase,
Martinis in the Wilderness,
Dipping my toes in the ocean.

I will miss our dream kitchen,
White cabinets and quartz countertops,
Undermount lights with a view,
Morning walkers and evening golf carts.

But most of all I will miss
The last house where Skipper lived.