Thursday, March 18, 2010

Anaheim, Cali

So the annual Commodity Classic show took us out to Anaheim, California for a few days of cool weather and grey skies, but hey it was nicer than the 40 degrees and mud that awaited me back in Graham when I returned. We flew into LAX because of a direct flight. There are many ways to get into Los Angeles from Kansas City and if you don’t mind the shuttle or rental car drive LAX is the way to go…it is a direct flight and on Southwest AND they have Pinkberry ( at the airport. For those of you who have not had Pinkberry, you have not lived. I have to thank Jared Spader for introducing me to Pinkberry when we were out there over New Years. Disclaimer: Jared may have introduced me to Pinkberry, but I still think adding Fruitty Pebbles to your Pinkberry of any flavor is just wrong. Pinkberry is a frozen yogurt in 4 flavors with 50+ mix in items. It may have been 10:00 a.m. when we landed but it was noon at home so we grabbed some on our way to the baggage claim. Our show was at the Anaheim Convention Center so we stayed at the host Marriott hotel, my room had a great view of Anaheim and early in the mornings (which I saw because going to the west coast I’m up wide awake at 4-5 a.m., needless to say so was half the hotel so my thought of working out while no one was there didn’t pan out) I could see the mountains. We didn’t have a lot of free time, but we were able to take in an Anaheim Ducks game, my annual hockey game as I called it because I only make it to one hockey game a year, which was a lot of fun. Unfortunately they broke their 11 game home winning streak in their loss to the Colorado Avalanche, but we were able to celebrate the Olympic victories with all of the medalists which there were on the two teams representing gold, silver and bronze. This was a nice stadium to get in and out of, we got great seats 30 minutes before the game started. We were able to get out of the hotel for dinner, one night we ate at McCormick’s and Schmick’s which is a national chain, probably not the best I’ve eaten at either, but the night before we visited a local brewery that was across from the Duck’s Stadium. J.T. Schmids ( was a great little brewery that had a wonderful menu and a small home brewed list. Their wine list needed some work but we found what we needed. I started my meal with the Cheese & Ale soup, it was warm and filling, then my meal came and the special was a rich and buttery Seabass which was just divine. In Anaheim, if you are there trying to avoid the Disney crowd then head west and you’ll find a wonderful shopping area and restaurants that cater to those not with children. J.T. Schmids was a great recommendation by the hotel and reservations weren’t even needed during a busy week. I’d highly recommend grabbing dinner there only after you have picked up some Pinkberry, if you don’t fly into LAX check out the store locator on their website it would be worth the drive.

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