African Cats and Ice Cream Sundaes!

Our Destination!

Our Destination!

On May 15, Dad, Tabs, and I went to the El Capitan Theatre to see African Cats, a wonderful nature film about three animal families across the Savannah.  It was a true story about their love and rivalry.  Afterward, we went to the treat next door:  Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store!  After choosing from all of the different selections, I ordered a Pin Trader’s Delight Sundae, which was two scoops of ice cream, chocolate fudge, marshmallow creme, whipped cream, Mickey Mouse confetti sprinkles, and a cherry.  I asked for Cookies & Cream and Butterfinger ice cream.   I liked the Cookies & Cream ice cream more than the Butterfinger ice cream.  The Butterfinger ice cream was gooey and caramel-y, but the Cookies & Cream actually tasted like Oreo cookies and milk.  It was so sweet and creamy!  The marshmallow creme was amazing, but super sticky!   By the time we left, I was full! 

Enjoying Our Ice Cream!

Enjoying Our Ice Cream!

Overall, I loved my mouth-watering dessert, and it came with a pin.  The pin was definitely a “trader” for me, meaning that I am going to trade it for a better pin at Disneyland!  The pin was a picture of Eeyore, who had just dropped his ice cream on to the floor.  Poor guy!

Tabitha also got the Pin Trader’s Delight Sundae … but with strawberry and chocolate ice cream instead.   She liked it, but she didn’t finish.  It was a full, tall dish, so my dad had to finish hers, because all he ordered was a root beer.

Before we left, we looked at the pin stand.  I have been pin trading since I was three years old, and I love it!  I am always looking for new pins, either to trade or to treasure.  I didn’t end up buying any, but I saw two that I really liked.  One of them was a new Pirates of the Caribbean pin with Captain Jack Sparrow on it.  (I am excited to see Pirates of the Caribbean:  On Stranger Tides!)  The second pin was a gold platform with a gold statue of Tinkerbell standing on it.  I liked it because it looked like an Oscar.  Maybe I can trade for them at Disneyland.

When it was time to go, we walked back to our car.  On the way, we saw people dressed as so many different characters:  Captain Jack, Barbie, Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, and some princesses.  One struck me as the coolest, most unique costume there:  Michael Jackson.  We didn’t stop to take pictures with them, but I waved and we went home. We had an awesome day!

The Soda Fountain!

The Soda Fountain!

El Capitan Theatre

6938 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, California 90028

Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store

6834 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, California 90028

Tel:  323-817-1475

www.elcapitan.go.com/soda_fountain/main.html

A Splendid Steakhouse

Damon's Steakhouse

Damon's Steakhouse

On Saturday, April 30, my dad and I went to the Festival of Books at USC.  It was lots of fun, and I got a few books.  One was a shorter version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and the other was the first of a series called Hidden Mickey, that looks really good.  Afterward, we arrived at Damon’s, a Polynesian-themed steakhouse in Glendale, California.  My dad’s friend, Craig, owns it.  Damon’s has been open and successful for 71 years, so I had high expectations!

When we got there, we had to wait in the lounge until our table was ready.  After about a half an hour, the hostess called our name.  Dad and I raced up to the counter with our menus, beverages, and my notebook.  She led us to a booth, where we would sit during our wonderful meal.  Once we were seated, I looked at the appetizers.  Calamari … shrimp cocktail … garlic parmesan chips … it all looked so good!  After also scanning the specials menu, Dad and I decided to order Damon’s Special crab cakes, garlic bread, and the coconut shrimp.  

Two Appetizers Worth Trying!

Two Appetizers Worth Trying!

First came the crab cakes and coconut shrimp.  I really liked the crab cakes and the remoulade sauce that they came with.  I don’t love coconut when it is dried, but it was with shrimp, so I just had to try it.  I picked up a shrimp and dipped it in our spicy orange marmalade sauce.  It was delicious! 

Our garlic bread and salad came next.  It was cool to see our waitress toss the salad, and it was awesome, but I was here for steak!  As for the garlic bread, I couldn’t believe that something as simple as garlic and bread could bring such joy to my mouth!  I had at least four slices.  The bread was so satisfying!

Next, our entrees came.  I received my filet mignon tips, which were peppercorn-crusted and covered in a gravy-like gorgonzola sauce. 

A Delectable Dinner

A Delectable Dinner

The sauce was good, but I would have preferred it on the side.  As for the steak, the tips were tender and juicy, because I ordered them medium rare (just the way my dad and I like it).  Dad received his meal as well:  a thick tenderloin.  It was pink and juicy, and Dad said it had immense flavor.  Dad was very happy with his meal, and I thought it looked fantastic!  Both of our meals came with twice-baked potatoes … BIG ones.  They were creamy and melted in your mouth, and they went perfectly with the gravy sauce that came with my steak tips.  Yum!

After we ate our entrees, dinner came to an end.  But wait!  What was dinner without a dessert?!   I ordered a non-alcoholic Mai Tai, because after all, it was their signature drink.  Without the alcohol, it was blend of fruit juices, fresh tasting fruit juices.  I also asked for a Kona Mudd Pie.  Once it arrived, I knew that it was meant for me! 

Mudd Pie Delight

Mudd Pie Delight

Here’s the equation:  rich heavenly Kona coffee ice cream + crunchy toffee + Oreo cookie crust + whipped cream and a cherry, and you’ve got yourself a luscious dessert!  Damon’s Kona Mudd Pie was so fantastic, so delicious that it almost made my stomach explode!  Seriously.  (As you can see, we ordered way too much food, but I loved every single thing, so I didn’t regret our ordering.) Here is a picture of the delightful dessert: 

My overall decision was:  Damon’s was an amazing restaurant that I will never forget.  I loved Damon’s and so did my dad.  You should go there … I guarantee you will love it!

Monkeys Everywhere At Damon's!

Monkeys Everywhere At Damon's!

Damon’s Steak House

317 N. Brand Blvd.

Glendale, California 91203

(818) 505-1510

www.damonsglendale.com