And then there were 4...

And then there were 4...

Monday, June 12, 2017

12 Years Later

12 years ago TJ and I were sealed in the Portland temple for time and all eternity.  After the reception we headed off to Southern California where we honeymooned in Disneyland! We ate at the Blue Bayou which was way too much money for our income level and we spent our days riding rides, eating churros, and having so much fun!  So fast forward 12 years and we once again find ourselves happily married and living in Southern California.  We decided to celebrate our anniversary this year by recreating our honeymoon and playing in Disneyland...sans kids!  

Our good friends got us tickets to Club 33 which is an exclusive club/restaurant in Disneyland that is the stuff of dreams.  WALT Disney created this place to wine and dine his investors and it has since become an amazing place that has a 15 year waiting list; unless you know someone who has the hookup of course!!  It pays to have amazing friends! Well the dress code was very classy which is typically not your average Disneyland get-up...but it was fun to get all snazzy and go out, even if it was to Disneyland.  Our reservations were for 5:30 and it was a prompt time.  Late arrival equated to cancelled reservations and a $120 fee.  Needless to say, we were on time.

 


The Club 33 door is just past the Blue Bayou restaurant and the only way to enter is to ring the bell and say the name on your reservation.  Once they confirm your reservation the door is opened and you are escorted into the Court of Angels.  This is a BEAUTIFUL courtyard full of angel statues, ornate fountains, and incredible foliage.  You are served lavender, lemon water and given a cold towel to freshen up.  So classy!!  We mingled for a few minutes before we were taken up to our table.  On the walk there our hostess shared stories about he artifacts we passed along the way.  There was Walt Disneys piano, his taxidermied vulture, and even a Peter Pan and tinker bell statue.  We were sat at our table and handed a menu at this point.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The menu was amazing.  Ingredients you would see on Iron Chef and consisted of 5 full courses.  Each course had 4 options and you picked which option you wanted.  We started off with a palate awakener that was a roasted brisket with a blackberry drizzle and a garlic toast on the bottom.  AMAZING!  Totally indicative of things to come!!  Every course proved better than the last and each bite was savored until the last morsel.  If it was classy in any way to lock he plate you better believe I would have!!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was a teenager I went to a YW etiquette dinner activity where we were served a sorbet before the main course as a palate cleanser.  It became my life goal at that point to eat at a restaurant fancy enough to serve a palate cleanser.  Well low and behold when our server brought out that tiny cup of sorbet...tears literally formed in the corner of my eyes.  

 

The dinner was rounded off with delicious desserts and complimentary box of truffles for the road.  We may have spent an absurd amount of money to eat here, by it was totally worth it!  Once we were done with dinner we headed down to get our caricature drawn just like we did on our honeymoon.  I love little things like this that serve as a memory reminder of the fun times we have had!!  

 

We rode a few rides before headed home and decided that Disneyland just doesn't have the same luster unless we can share it with or kids.  Seeing the magic through their eyes is what makes Disneyland so special.  On the ride home we reminisced about our marriage and we both agree it was the best decision each of us has ever made.  My greatest blessings have all come from that choice 12 years ago!!  There is no one I would rather do life with!!!  

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