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I Went to NYC

I’m trying to be better at updating.  We’ll see how this goes. . .

Greetings, all!  I’m trying my best to catch you up (quickly) on what I’ve been doing (read: why I haven’t been updating) so far this year.  Here’s a quick look at my recent trip to NYC.  There are only highlights- there were no lowlights. LOL A bunch of my friends from all over (Hawaii, Florida, California) were going to be in the city at the same time, so it was a perfect storm of fun.  I got to see friends from high school, college, and performer friends I had been missing terribly.  I squeezed in an audition (it went OK!  They had nice things to say)

My friend Alex was kind enough to let me stay with him and show me around.  We had a blast eating and walking (and walking) our way around Manhattan.  Check out my trip in pictures:

My first visit to MoMA. I love modern art. No, really.

Alex won us tickets for the Book of Mormon lottery. The show was fantastic. I was inspired.

It snowed the second day! Hadn't been in snow since I was a toddler.

A and me about to see some bones at the Natural History Museum.

I'm mad he didn't come to life.

On our way to a night out with some of the Hawaii crew.

Me and A dancing it up at Barracuda.

Me and T living at Barracuda.

On the way to brunch in the village.

I think this was a lesbian bar? I dunno. It was near our brunch spot in the village.

Freezing on our way to see Lady Libs.

She's so pretty.

Being goofy in Times Square.

Exhausted! My last morning. Waiting for Alex at his audition at Chelsea Studios.

I had an absolute blast during my trip.  I didn’t want to leave (but then, I never do.  Wherever I go on vacation is usually awesome).  Where should I go on my next trip?  Suggestions are welcome.  Also,  check out Alex’s blog about living and auditioning in NYC here.  Thanks for stopping by! xx


Good Eats: Cream Pot Restaurant

I’m back in Hawaii!  Thank the Lord!  I really needed a break from the daily grind in Orlando, so I retreated home to see my family, friends, and The Boyfriend.  So far, it’s been awesome.  I’m eating at all my favorite spots, and discovering a few new places.  Yum!

The view from Niu St.

One of my favorite so far is The Cream Pot in Waikiki.  Located on the bottom floor of the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, this charming spot has a great view of Ala Wai canal.

The exterior would make Hansel and Gretel proud with its potted plants and cute archway entrance.  There are huge sliding glass doors that lead to the interior, but The Boyfriend and I sat outside, so I have no idea what goes on in there.

Honestly, reviews on this place said it was Hit or Miss, so we were prepared for slow service and over-salted food (or awesome service, and the best pancakes ever).

Cream Pot’s menu specializes in breakfast/brunch classics with island flair and local produce.  Their presentation isn’t bad either.  I got a cup of Kona coffee that came out with a little miniature shovel for my sugar and a tiny kettle for the cream. Cuteness!

We ordered the Salmon Eggs Benedict ($14.95, I think) and pancakes with strawberries ($9.25, I think).  Omigosh!  This was some of the best breakfast food I’ve had in years.  The Eggs Benedict were served on a crispy hash brown instead of an English muffin.  They were divine.

I stole this pic from Flickr: I was too hungry to take a picture!

The pancakes were a ricotta souffle  pancake with strawberry topping.  They had to be the fluffiest pancakes ever, and we had little chunks of ricotta that made my mouth water.

World's fluffiest pancake? I'm determined to find out!

I think the best strategy for the cream pot (and pretty much everywhere) is to share.  With portion sizes the way they are at most places (Cream Pot has pretty generous sizes), you can try different things.  Plus, if you’re like me, you can satisfy your need for salty and sweet with two different dishes- without having for scarf down two big ass entrees.

Cream Pot Waikiki

444 Niu St
Honolulu, HI 96815

Take someone (you like) to the Cream Pot next time you’re in Waikiki, and let me know what you think! xx


My December (or Why I Didn’t Write)

You know, I started this blog over a year ago to discuss many things, but also to document my crazy life.  But that’s the thing with having a crazy life:  sometimes it’s too crazy to write about!  Don’t believe me?  Well, I’ll tell you about the  other things I’ve been doing that have made me too busy to write this month.  (Excuses, excuses. . .)

So, I didn’t write because. . .

“I was reconnecting with friends at the theatre.”

My friend, the beautiful Erin Wegner Brooks is currently on tour with the musical Young Frankenstein, and they came through Orlando December 1st.  Some friends and I got together to watch her, and even got a backstage tour afterward!

Mickey's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas reunion: Iriann, Me, Erin, and Tyler

“I was trying to get on TV.”

Photo courtesy Andre D. Brown

Ever year, Disney films performances for its Christmas Day parade just a little bit in advance.  So, early this month, I joined the Encore! Cast Choir to sing with America’s Got Talent winner Jackie Evancho.  Did you see me Christmas Day?  Yeah.  I thought not.

“I was helping plan an epic party.”

Work hard, play hard, right?  That’s what I like to think.  So, last year when my friend Terennce had the amazing idea to throw a dance party for other Entertainment peeps, I was definitely on board.  The 2009 party was such a good time, we decided to do it again this year.  Expectations were way high for us, but I think we pulled it off.

Party planning committee: Me, Alex, and Terennce

The best part?  We had a surprise guest!  My old buddy Bruno Mars was in town for a show at House of Blues, and he came with a friend of ours to check out our happenin’ fiesta.  I was wearing monster heels, so I took the prize opportunity to make him feel like a major shorty- which I hadn’t been able to do in YEARS.

Me: "Way to ruin our reunion photo, nerd." Him: "That's what you get!"

Jingle Ball 2010 was definitely a highlight of my December.  But there’s more!

“I was hanging out with my family.”

Mom, Dad, and Little Sis’ flew in from Hawaii to hang out in the theme parks.  Which were absolute INSANITY this time of year.  I spent a week hopping from park to park- in between working!  I also finally got to go into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as a guest (I’m busy!) and go through the queue line for the Forbidden Journey ride.  It was the business!

Hoping I get sorted into Slytherin by the Sorting Hat.

So, can’t you see how many other things were going on?  Isn’t it completely plausible that I might have taken a quick break?  Oh. . . who am I kidding?  I was just being lazy most of the time!  I promise to do better in the coming year.  Hopefully, I’ll have more amazing experiences to share with you.  2011, Here I come!

Happy New Year, everyone!  How was your 2010?  Will you be making any resolutions for 2011?  Let me know in the comments.  Have a safe NYE!


Diamond Head Cove Health Bar

I’m in Hawaii!  Mostly to visit my family and friends, but also to gorge on some of my favorite food from my favorite places.  If you’re ever on O’ahu, check out Diamond Head Cove Health Bar.  It’s a little cafe right outside of Waikiki, specializing in healthy and local fare. 

My favorite thing to get there is their original Acai bowl.  It’s so refreshing with granola, blueberries, strawberries, banana, and honey.  Yum.  They also make a good fish wrap and are famous for their Kava- a traditional Hawaiian drink.

                    Acai Bowl and Minty Fresh smoothie


The Heights Were Back in Town

My buddy, Joseph Morales and his castmates came through- this time in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale.  It was a good time.  We ate, we drank- and I got to meet Lin-Manuel Miranda (the show’s creator and original star)!


Goin’ Down the Bayou

Finally Disney’s new princess movie, “The Princess and the Frog,” is out.  I saw it with a few friends on opening day and really liked it.  I liked the songs, the animation was beautiful, and it really made me excited for my next trip to New Orleans!
When I go there in February for Mardi Gras I am definitely riding a riverboat!

Check out this quick behind-the scenes peek at how the city influenced the animators.


I Left My Shades in LA!


. . .But that was really the only bummer of the whole trip. I had a blast in only four short days there. I’m so glad I went. Some highlights:

1. Delancey
This eatery was a top restaurant of 2008, and is probably best known for its yummy pizzas. I had one of their “beer flights” with dinner, which included a crazy tasting, licorice flavored ale. I’ll have to go back there and get another beer sampler sometime soon.

2. Pasadena
I always have fun in Pasadena once I make it through the traffic. This time it was H&M that made my day. A new favorite is the silver faux-leather cross body handbag. H&M really needs to open a shop in Orlando.


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