Universal Studios + Killer Brunch

And when I say “killer,” I mean this brunch could actually shorten your lifespan.


Our week started off on a delicious but entirely unhealthy note at Hash House A Go Go for an early brunch. Ben found this place on the internet, intrigued by the epic portions and ridiculous dishes.


I ordered the mushroom, artichoke, sundried tomato, spinach hash, which came with two eggs and a biscuit the size of a baby’s head. And some melons for good measure!


I ate all the eggs and veggies and a lot of the potatoes before having a whole piece of Madre’s banana pecan French toast.


And then several bites of this heart-stopper that Ben ordered:



I stop breathing just fathoming it, but it was darn tasty. Mashed potatoes, two huge biscuits, a large fried chicken breast (hey, healthy breast meat!), maybe four scrambled eggs, a tarp covering of cheese, and a special hollandaise that flowed like a river over it all.

Ben did a pretty good job with it! He nixed the thick layer of cheese + all the hollandaise on top of the cheese + a lot of the potatoes + I helped him with a lot of his biscuit (which was amaaaazing with the sauce), but he still crushed that beast.

We didn’t eat real food again until 10 pm that night.

After that brunch of a lifetime, Madre and Pop dropped Ben and me off at Universal Studios for the day! I’ve been several times in the past, but my main motivation for going this time was Harry Potter World, since I’m actually a fan now 🙂


Of course, everything was decked out for the holidays.


The weather was beautiful except for one spot of light rain during the day. Also, the lines were surprisingly quite short for most of the rides! I don’t think we waited for more than 40 minutes for any ride, which is almost unheard of for Universal at this time of year. Using the “single riders” lane for some of the rides also made things more efficient for us.

To Diagon Alley! (throwback to when I was here two years ago but didn’t know what any of it meant!)

“Lunch” for Ben and me was Butterbeer and ice cream from Florean Fortescue’s. I got the salted caramel blondie + apple crumble flavors in a cone, and they were both fabulous.


What a nutritious day!!!

As I am reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix…


Heh heh.

We made it to almost every single ride and show in the park, so we felt quite accomplished by the end of the day!


After the “Macy’s Holiday Parade”, we phoned home (E.T. phone homeeeeee) and asked our parents to pick us up. It was so much fun to hang out with Ben all day and experience the excitement of being an HP fan in HP World!

Madre had some delicious dinner waiting for us at home at around 10:30pm, which involved ALL the fresh veggies (thank the Lord).

I stayed up late blogging, but I knew that I could sleep in a bit yesterday.


The sound of the maintenance guy in the house + lawn mowers + the sunshine all woke me up at around 9am, but I indulged in some lazy bed time with my phone. I actually don’t love doing that, but sometimes it just happens.

I did an 8 minute ab workout because I was feeling it and then headed downstairs to eat my favorite breakfast.


overnight oats!

I worked on some job applications in the morning early afternoon (with a five minute workout in there as a work break) before Pop and I walked over to the driving range to hit some balls. (← Is that the phrase? Because I feel like it’s not.)


Now, I don’t play golf. I don’t have hand-eye coordination. But when Pop invited me to the driving range (“It doesn’t hurt to know how to swing a club!”), I agreed. I’m glad I went, but MAN was I horrendous.

I sort of decently hit 3/35 balls. The other 32 either went ten feet in front of me or went somewhere with a piece of sod flying after it.

Then I showered, lunched, massaged, and got massaged. Rough life we have here.


plus grapes, greens, and tortilla chips

The rest of the day involved some job searching, emails, attempting to work out (and not really feeling it), talking with the family, and eating dinner.


Madre’s homemade pho — so good! plus leftover potatoes from Hash House and a leftover cinnamon roll for dessert

I learned that I do not want to eat a decadent brunch and ice cream for my body’s fuel, but I don’t regret my food choices. It was all a good ~experience~.

So tell me:

What is the most outrageous dish you’ve ever eaten/someone you know has eaten?

Have you ever been to Harry Potter World?

Are you good at golf? Help me, please.


Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Another day in Florida, another day we give our money to the black hole of revenue that is Disney.

It’s a black hole for a reason though, because it’s just so fantastic and they make you feel so loved. Disney World has a way with details unlike any other theme park. Ben and I joined our relatives at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park yesterday, and it was a mighty fun time!

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Tower of Terror was a major favorite among all of us, except for when the ride stopped for two seconds (part of the ride, not a malfunction) at the sight of a ghostly girl-doll figure. In the heat of the moment I screamed and pointed to it: “What the hell is that!?”

I’m a wuss and a potty mouth.

Thanks to my uncle for a lot of these photos!

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Hidden Mickey!

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“Fantasmic” lights, water, and sound spectacular!

Ben decided that we should play a game throughout our day at the theme park. The game was to say, “Hollywood,” whenever you spotted someone taking a selfie using a selfie stick. I believe we caught a total of three families in the act of taking a selfie with a selfie stick, but we also saw a couple others just in possession of a selfie stick.



Practical, useful, but oh so geeky.

Backing it up to the morning, I was fueled by a Greek yogurt bowl with honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, banana, and peanut butter. Plus a quarter of a giant waffle that Madre made.


I didn’t take a picture of lunch, but it was a small avocado, hummus, spinach sandwich with a clementine, baby carrots, and veggie straws. I was trying to avoid buying food at Disney ($$$$$$$$$$), but I failed at 5 pm when I was in need of a snack. Thus, I bought a KIND bar and a banana for a total of $5. The paaaaain.

It was either an expensive snack or Alison’s “hangriness”, because we didn’t sit down for dinner until 9pm at Amura Japanese restaurant, where my parents joined us.

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So much sushi, so much hooray! The sushi pictured here was just for my immediate family of four. Heh heh.

Needless to say, we had a fabulous day yesterday. Everyone has been dealing with slight sicknesses around our household, so today we’re taking a break from theme parks and having a chill day. The fact that I slept in until 10 and posted this at 1 pm probably makes that obvious.

Have a great day, friends!

So tell me:

Would you ever use a selfie stick?

Do you like to bring snacks with you to theme parks?

Have you seen hidden Mickey’s if you’ve been to Disney?