A Must Check out This Holiday Season! The Queen Mary Chill!

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The Queen Mary’s full holiday event season continues as the coolest winter wonderland in Southern California, CHILL, opened on November 21. New in 2014, all CHILL guests can enjoy unlimited access to The Ice Kingdom, ice tubing, ice skating with skate rentals and a visit on the Queen Mary ship with the purchase of general admission tickets.

 

The Ice Kingdom at CHILL will showcase holidays in the Golden State with the magic of a California Christmas theme meticulously hand sculpted by a team of international artists, and made entirely out of 2 million pounds of ice. The California Christmas theme begins with a traditional poinsettia entrance lined with toy soldiers standing over seven-feet tall. Next comes the candy cane forest with ten-foot candy canes that unveil a surfing Santa shredding through twenty-foot tall waves. Guests can gaze at the giant ice Christmas tree with tons of gifts for boys and girls and Jolly Old St. Nicholas on the rooftops with his team of reindeer. Venture onto the ice replica of the Queen Mary ship with four new lanes of ice slides for all to enjoy. A nativity scene, forest of penguins and the fairytale kingdom with the almighty ice queen round out the California Christmas theme in The Ice Kingdom.

 

The Ice Kingdom is kept at a chilling 9-degrees Fahrenheit to preserve the glistening ice sculptures, so please make sure to bundle up!  IT’s Going to Chill you! Public parkas are available, and guests are encouraged to bring their own jackets, hats and gloves to stay warm while inside the giant igloolike exhibit.

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A holiday experience like no other, CHILL tickets start at $39.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids (ages 4-11). Tickets include entrance to The Ice Kingdom, ice skating and skate rental, ice tubing and access to the Queen Mary ship. Lodging packages are also available. CHILL will be open Nov. 21-30, Dec. 2-7, Dec. 9Jan. 4 and Jan. 8-11. CHILL sponsors include The Port of Long Beach, Hawaiian Host, YP, Coca-Cola, Heineken and Finlandia. For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/chill/.

Score a scoop of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream tomorrow for $1.31! (Available 7/31, 8/31, 10/31 and 12/31 ONLY)!

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BASKIN-ROBBINS LAUNCHES “CELEBRATE 31” PROGRAM IN LOS ANGELES, OFFERING GUESTS $1.31 SCOOPS ON JULY 31st

 Baskin-Robbins is here to help with the introduction of its “Celebrate 31” promotion, launching in Southern California on July 31. This program will offer $1.31 scoops of any flavor of ice cream for every remaining 31st of the year at all locations in the area!  This promotion will be running in the greater Los Angeles area, including Orange County, Riverside County and even up to Santa Barbara.

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 Baskin-Robbins’ Famous 31 Flavors to repeat on the remaining “31sts” of 2014 including August 31st, October 31st and December 31st !

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/baskinrobbins31).

2nd Annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair “Cupcakes for a Cause” coming soon! Check it out plus recipes -Marbled Vanilla Mocha Cupcakes & Chocolate Espresso Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Do you love cupcakes?

I sure do!

So I am excited to share with you that the Inland Empire Cupcake Fair is coming soon to Riverside, Ca!

The Second Annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair is set for Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Riverside Convention Center.

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The Inland Empire Cupcake Fair “Cupcakes for a Cause” brings together baking enthusiasts from across the region to participate and enjoy this signature event.  This year the Cupcake Fair is celebrating the love of cupcakes with exclusive recipes from one of this year’s judges, Sara DeLeeuw from My Imperfect Kitchen, a popular food blog and Desi Massei from [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes, a Food Network “Cupcake Wars” winner and last year’s Cupcake Fair winner for Best Overall Cupcake and Most Unique Ingredient Cupcake.

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“The Inland Empire Cupcake Fair is back for more delicious fun! We’ve learned a few things since last year’s Premiere event and we’re excited to say this year is going to be bigger and better,” said Su Pak event creator and founder of IEShineOn.com.

Tickets are on sale now. Visit IEShineOn.com/cupcakes for packages including general admission,VIP and group rates.  Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Community Connect and the California Riverside Ballet.  For more information about these organizations visit IEShineOn.com/blog.

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Photo: Caption: Sara DeLeeuw and Desiree Massei share their exclusive recipes for the 2014 Inland Empire Cupcake Fair “Cupcakes for a Cause”

Marbled Vanilla Mocha Cupcakes

Recipe by: Sara DeLeeuw, www.myimperfectkitchen.com, March 2014

 

Ingredients:

  •  1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 5.3 oz container of plain Greek Yogurt (I used Chiobani)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons strong black coffee

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with your favorite liners, plus an additional two liners on a separate pan, as this recipe will make approx 14 cupcakes.  Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter until the solids are completely dissolved.  Let it cool for a few minutes.
  4. While the butter is cooling, in a medium bowl sift together the flour baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
  5. When the butter is cool, pour it into the bowl of your stand mixer.  Add sugar and mix until well combined. The mixture may look gritty at first, but don’t worry, it will smooth out as you add other ingredients!  Add egg and mix for 1 minute.  Add the yogurt, milk and vanilla extract to the bowl and beat until well combined.
  6. Slowly incorporate flour mixture in the batter and combine until their are no lumps.  The batter will be very thick.
  7. Transfer 3/4 cup of the batter to a clean bowl.  Mix in cocoa powder and coffee until well combined.  The chocolate batter will be even thicker than the vanilla portion.
  8. Scoop approx 1 TBLS of vanilla batter into each pre-lined muffin cup.  Top with a small scoop of chocolate batter, then add an additional scoop of vanilla on top until all the batter has been used.
  9. Insert a butter knife into the center of each cupcake and twist gently to swirl the batter. If you’d like you can bake them without swirling the batter, which will give you a nice layered look to your cupcake.
  10. Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for 18-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting!

YIELD:  14 cupcakes

 

Chocolate Espresso Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Recipe Courtesy of Desi Massei, [desi]gn cakes & cupcakes, March 2014

 Ingredients:

  • 5 Large egg white, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 4 sticks unsalted, room temperature butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled

 

Directions:

Combine egg whites, sugar, salt, and espresso powder in a heatproof bowl of a stand-alone mixer.  Whisk ingredients together.  Set over a pan of simmering water (double boiler). Whisk constantly by hand until the mixture is warm to the touch, and when rubbed between finger tips is smooth (sugar and espresso powder has dissolved).  Attach the bowl to the mixer and whisk (using a whisk attachment) together gradually beginning with low to high until stiff but not dry peaks form (they should be glossy). Once peaks have formed, SLOWLY add in butter, 1-2 tablespoons at a time until all is added.  Add in vanilla and cooled chocolate, then whisk until combined.  Switch to the paddle attachment and continue to beat on a low speed until the air bubbles are eliminated (approx. 2-3 min).  Add to piping bag & pipe with desired tip.

 

 

Do you love Bacon? If so you must check out the Big Bite Bacon Fest when it comes to So Cal!

Big Bite Bacon Fest Takes Over Southern California

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 Bacon lovers unite for the 2nd annual Big Bite Bacon Fest at The San Diego County Fair July 5 and The Queen Mary in Long Beach August 2

 Bacon inspired cuisine, beer tastings, entertainment, and indulgent flavors abound this summer

I am SOOO excited because I am a HUGE Bacon Fan!  My mom and I have already added the dates to our calendar in hopes that we will be able to attend one of the two YUMMY dates! You might be wondering,. what is a Big Bite Event?  Well Big Bite Events (BBE) brings a new style of culinary events to “Foodie” communities nationally.  BBE is a division of Absolute Event Solutions Inc. (AES) and together have more than 20 years of experience in the event planning industry, developing and managing some of the largest festivals and events in North America. http://bigbiteevents.com

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Bacon themed entertainment will also be on hand at both festivals, starting with the opening ceremonies that include the “Bacon Anthem” and “Pardoning of The Pig.” Additional attractions keep the theme alive through games like Pig Pong, Pork Ladder Toss, Bacon Hole, a Big Daddy Bacon Pageant, and a dunk tank.

Tickets for the July 5 Big Bite Bacon Fest are available online now and include entry to the San Diego County Fair, the 7th largest fair in North America. Now through April 6 take advantage of the San Diego “Early Pig” special and save up to 57% off with a variety of VIP and General Admission pricing options that range from $22-$65. Tickets for the Big Bite Bacon Fest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach will be on-sale starting April 11th.

Big Bite Bacon Fest is a fun filled, energetic event that holds the potential to please every palate. The event attracts media from around the globe and proudly forges ahead as the first “Food-tainment” event of it’s kind. For more information visit www.bigbitebaconfest.com.

DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGIC – COMING TO LONG BEACH AND INLAND EMPIRE, APRIL 16 – 27, 2014

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DISNEY ON ICE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF MAGIC
In a One-of-a-Kind Skating Spectacular Featuring More Than 65 Disney Characters

If you have never been to a Disney On Ice show. This is a MUST see especially since this is a 100 Years of Magic Celebration. They will have more than 65 Disney Characters. They are all very beautifully choreographed skating shows, that have many breathtaking moments that will have you in awww. In addition they have the most stunning costumes and toe-tapping songs, this show will really remind you of many fond Disney memories.

To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.DisneyOnIce.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.

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COMING TO LONG BEACH AND INLAND EMPIRE, APRIL 16 – 27, 2014

O N T A R I O

WHEN:                        Wednesday, April 16 – Sunday, April 20

  • Wednesday, April 16    7:30PM
  • Thursday, April 17         7:30PM
  • Friday, April 18               12:00PM & 7:30PM
  • Saturday, April 19          11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM
  • Sunday, April 20             1:00PM & 5:00PM

WHERE:           Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS:             Ticket prices range from $22, $28, $45 (VIP), $65 (Front Row)

Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)* Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the CBBA Box Office.  *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

L O N G  B E A C H

WHEN:                        Wednesday, April 23  – Sunday, April 27

  • Wednesday, April 23    7:30PM
  • Thursday, April 24         7:30PM
  • Friday, April 25               11:30AM & 7:30PM
  • Saturday, April 26          11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM
  • Sunday, April 27             11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM

 WHERE:           Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802-4825

TICKETS:             Ticket prices range from $22, $28, $45-$50 (VIP) and $65-$70 (Front Row)* Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)* Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the Long Beach Arena Box Office.   *tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees. 

Must See – Hollywood Wax Museum! Great for a day trip! #waxfan

 

You might think finding things to do in California is easy. But when you live in California it can sometimes be difficult because most of the time you’ve already exhausted all the typical tourist attractions. One place around here that has an abundance of things to do is Hollywood.  So I was excited about the opportunity to head on down to the Hollywood Wax Museum located on Hollywood Boulevard.
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We all packed into the car and headed down to Hollywood. When we arrived I remembered how fun it is to walk down Hollywood Boulevard and all of the things there is to do. One thing I had never done was stopped at the Hollywood Wax Museum, I had always heard great things about it but it just never seems to be the main reason to head down there. Since the main purpose of this visit was to check out the wax museum and that was the first thing we did. One thing I can tell you if there’s a lot of parking around this location so when you arrive just look around you will quickly find a parking lot. Once inside the museum you walk to the Hollywood sign, they have the entire group take a group photo with it. They have it angled perfectly so that you see the whole thing. It was really cool. If you like your photo you have the ability to purchase it on your way out.
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Once inside I was quickly amazed by how realistic an amazing these wax figures looked. At one point in time I caught one of them out of the corner of my eye and I was almost certain it was that star. I was bummed out to realize that it was just yet another amazing wax figure and this awesome Museum. Around each corner you will find more great sets filled with stars you know and recognize. Some are oldies but goodies like I Dream of Jeannie, I Love Lucy,Tom Hanks and some are more recent stars and celebs including grammy-winning music artist, reality TV stars and more. Tom HandsThey’re surely made sure to make it so that there is someone, everyone in your group will be excited to see. One section of the museum that impressed me the most was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles section. Mainly because I grew up watching the shows and movies and was really excited to see them at the Hollywood Wax Museum.
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 When you see each star or celebrity closely by you will find an  information screen that contains a little bit about that star the movies they played an even the set that they might be found in. I really liked this added touch because to be honest there was a few stars I did not recognize. Or a few movie scenes from movies I did not see.
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Most sets were open sets so you can get right next to your favorite star and take some fun photos for lasting memories. My daughter had so much fun going around and looking at all the pretty celebrities in there beautiful gowns and makeup, and quickly was asking for photos with many of them. Overall we had an amazing time we spent about an hour to an hour and a half peeking around and taking photos. They even have a horror section for those of you that are into the horror films. I personally did not go into the section as I stayed with her 3 year old but my husband and dad women and said that it was really cool and they had some amazing scenes from movies like saw.
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If you’re looking for an interesting and unique day I would strongly suggest you plan a day out in Hollywood particularly on Hollywood Boulevard. Make your first stop the Hollywood Wax Museum as it’s less likely to be busy and you’ll be able to spend more time hanging out with your favorite celebrity and taking lasting memory photos. Here is a little background on the Hollywood Wax Museum:

Hollywood Wax Museum in Hollywood opened in 1965 and is located in the building that back in the early 1930s housed The Embassy Club, an exclusive entertainment industry nightclub. Each wax figure is a piece of art. Over time and currently, the Hollywood Wax Museum has worked with numerous sculptors, mold makers, and finishers to create life-like wax figures. Stylistic differences occur depending on which artists crafted the figures.

In addition to the location in Hollywood, CA. Visitors can plan their own family vacation to one of their locations in Pigeon Forge, TN or Branson, MO. All locations are open 365 days a year, so no matter when the vacation you will be able to visit. Be sure to visit The Hollywood Wax Museum on their website or Facebook page

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Check out The Queen Mary’s Chill Exhibit – Must See this Holiday Season!

MUST SEE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

The Queen Mary’s CHILL

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CHILL’s holiday festivities continue with the Tree Lighting, performances, movie nights and more

The amazing experience of CHILL started November 22, 2013! This is a cool event where the Queen Mary will be overtaken by a deep freeze for the second time.  CHILL is an experience that will bring holiday cheer, enchantment and North Pole temperatures to families across sunny Southern California. Every year I look forward to events like this one to help give me needed Holiday Spirit!unnamed

This is an event like no other, CHILL offers an unforgettable holiday experience. Two million pounds of sparkling ice is used to create larger than life hand carved ice sculptures in the 14,000 square- foot Igloo called The Ice Kingdom (Queen Mary’s Dome).  CHILL will also feature live entertainment, food and beverages. Pricing starts at $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids, $ and includes The Ice Kingdom and choice of Ice Skating or Ice Tubing. Additional tickets for either Ice Skating or Ice Tubing are available for purchase and start at $12.95. Ice Skating Season Pass is available for $29.95. Lodging packages are also available. CHILL will be open Tuesdays through Sundays beginning Nov. 22 through Jan. 5. For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, visit http://queenmary.com/chill/

 About the Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

A Night to Remember at Medieval Times – My Visit to the Buena Park Castle! Check it out!

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Finding new and exciting things to do can be hard. So when I was invited to the Medieval Times – Buena Park Castle, I could not say yes fast enough. This was going to be an amazing opportunity to check out a unique and different type of dinner show. If you have never been to a Medieval Times dinner show I would strongly encourage it.  Here is a little about the show from the company website,

Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed during our ALL-NEW SHOW. From ringside seats, discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with more action, more fun & more excitement than ever before.

As you thrill to a rousing live jousting tournament, marvel at awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry, Medieval Times serves a four-course meal fit for royalty.

Hang on to your helmet. The show is about to begin.

When you arrive, you are assigned a “section” which correlates to a color, we were given the amazing Red Knight. We all received crowns, and made our way to the hall. This was a fun area where we were able to explore a little of the caste, get a drink at the bar, and shop.

Medieval Times 5.fwOnce in the arena we quickly made our way down to our seats, we scored the front row, which was amazing! At each seat we had red banners, our soup cups, plate, drink cup, napkin…. but ummmmm no  fork, spoon, knife. WOW, we were in for an adventure for sure.

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The menu per the website was,

His Majesty’s royal feast includes:

  • Oven Roasted Chicken
  • Garlic Bread
  • Tomato Bisque Soup
  • Herb-Roasted Potato
  • Spare Rib
  • Pastry of the Castle
  • Select Non-Alcoholic Beverages

We were quickly greeted by our server and our adventure had really begun, they all talk as if they were from the medieval time making the experience that much more enjoyable and memorable. First on the menu was an amazing tomato soup, and garlic bread, we did have to “drink” our soup. After that we received chicken, ribs and half of a potato, again all of which we had to eat with our hands. It was a lot of fun, we all laughed, eat and enjoyed the show. You will receive a LOT of food, but don’t worry they offer togo boxes and bags.  After the “dinner” we received large wet napkins so we could clean up and get ready to receive a warm, yummy, apple turnover. The food was amazing, and better than expected. But the best part was the amazing show. Complete with knights, king, princess, horses, and more. Here is the Green Knight with some of his “people” behind him.

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We were all encouraged to cheer on our knight and watch all the amazing thing that they would have done and competed in back in the medieval days. We really felt like we went back in time once we received our crowns and entered the castle.

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To really get a feel for the amazing atmosphere that they create in the castle and the fun that you can have here is a short commercial that they feature on their website,

I am so thankful that we received this amazing opportunity to visit the castle and experience the Medieval Times. If you are looking for a fun Birthday Dinner, Anniversary Dinner, or even just because consider visiting the castle. I would strongly encourage you to upgrade to the Royalty Package which is $10 a person but you receive the following:

  • VIP Seating
  • Commemorative Program
  • Knight’s Cheering Banner
  • “Behind the Scenes” DVD (One Per Party)

The Cheering Banners really help you cheer for your knight and get more involved with the show. My daughter loved waving them around. And keep your eyes on your knight because during the show he throws our flowers, selects his queen of the tournament and more. My daughter was the LUCKY Red Knight Queen of the Tournament and received a beautiful “sash”. It really was a night we will remember for a LONG LONG time.

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THE 2ND ANNUAL WEST COAST BBQ CLASSIC ON THE QUEEN MARY! Check it out – 5/11/13

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A Delicious Day of BBQ and Music : Sixty Pit Masters From Around the Country Compete for Tastebuds and The Title of “People’s Choice”

What:                   The Queen Mary, is pleased to present The 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic, an official California-State-Certified, KCBS – Sanctioned BBQ Championship sponsored by Jack Daniel’s. Top BBQ Pit Masters from around the country will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money and the opportunity to be selected as the winner of the coveted “People’s Choice” award, including 2012 Champion All Sauced Up. “We have nearly tripled our competitors this year” said Director of Special Events Steve Sheldon, “Our team registration sold out in record pace. We are thrilled to offer such a vast field of teams this year.”

Held at the Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park, the event features live bands, a Jack Daniel’s Back Yard Bar, Merchant Market, Kid’s Country including obstacle course and Adult Lawn Games area with giant beer pong, there will also be a special appearance byThe LA King’s Ice Crew.

Tickets:
$10 online
$15 at the door
BBQ Tasting tickets $2 each
Parking is $10with event validation
Tickets do not include entry to the ship or attractions.                              

Who:                     West Coastersfrom near and far are invited to join top pit masters from around the country at this one-day BBQ Championship featuring music by local favorites: Knyght Ryder, The Record Company and The Shoemaker Brothers.

Queen Mary West Coast BBQ Classic playlist available on Spotify.

When:                 May 11, 2013, 11AM – 6PM

Where:                 The Queen Mary’s Waterfront Events Park

1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

About Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms including nine full suites.

My Recent Visit to The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA! Amazing for a Day Trip or to Stay!

The Queen MaryI recently had an amazing opportunity to check out The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. This is an amazing place to spend a day or a few days. We decided to stay on the ship and experiences as much as possible. Here is a little History about The Queen Mary.

THE LEGEND BEHIND THE NAME

Legend has it that the board of directors at Cunard had decided to name the ship the Queen Victoria, which would have been in keeping with the tradition of Cunard ships having the “ia” suffix (Mauretania, Aquitania and Berengeria). As per protocol, legend states that the Cunard directors went to ask King George his blessing of the ship’s proposed name saying, “We have decided to name our new ship after England’s greatest Queen,” meaning Queen Victoria, the King’s Grandmother. Upon which the King is reported to have stated, “My wife (Queen Mary) will be delighted that you are naming the ship after her.”

THE LAST GREAT CRUISE

The increasing popularity of air travel helped signal the end of an era for the Queen Mary. By 1965 the entire Cunard fleet was operating at a loss and they decided to retire and sell the legendary Queen Mary. On October 31, 1967, the Queen Mary departed on her final cruise, arriving in Long Beach, California, on December 9, 1967. She has called Southern California her home ever since. The Queen Mary is now a floating Hotel, Attraction and Event & Wedding Venue, home to three world-class restaurants and an icon in Southern California.

When we arrived to check in we were greeted by a VERY friendly Valet Staff who quickly helped us out of our car and got us on our way to check in and start our mini vacation. When arriving in the lobby I was in aww with everything around me. We did have to wait about 15 minutes to check in but only because they were trying to get a very demanding large party check in who decided they needed two of the four employees to themselves. Once we were assisted the check in process was quick and easy and off to our room to begin the fun.

After getting into our room I was VERY impressed with how much of the room had been decorated and restored to resemble the original rooms.

and the view we had from our room was AMAZING I spent about 10 minutes just looking out the window and enjoyed the amazing view and sites around this large, beautiful ship!

Unique Long Beach Hotel Accommodations

The 314 original First-Class Staterooms and nine Suites are situated on three decks and all are above sea level and no two rooms are alike! Many of these Staterooms feature the original artwork found on the ship during her heyday, as well as authentic Art Deco built-ins for additional storage. Known as the “ship of woods,” many of the original Staterooms are adorned with rich wood paneling from all over the world. From comfortable and cozy to large and luxurious, we provide a wide range of accommodations sure to meet your needs. As the last luxury ocean liner of its kind, staying aboard the Queen Mary truly is a one-of-a-kind experience that simply cannot be duplicated.

For more information about the Queen Mary and the option to stay on board be sure to click HERE

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DIANA: LEGACY OF A PRINCESS

Unfortunately at this Exhibit I was unable to take photos so I don’t have much to share in that regards. However I can tell you it is amazing. My husband and I spend about 2 hours in the Exhibit and we rushed a little. There is so much amazing information, photos, articles, memorabilia, videos and more. You have the ability to learn so much about the Royal Family and Princess Diana.

Click HERE To get more information about this exhibit or to obtain tickets to check it out!

This tour is $30.00 – $34.95

Here is a little video from The Queen Mary Website to give you an idea of some of the amazing things within this Exhibit. This is a MUST STOP if you are in the area.

 

After checking out this exhibit we decided to head to THE OBSERVATION BAR & ART DECO LOUNGE

This was a VERY fun place to hang out and have a drink and snacks. The decor is amazing, the service was awesome and the food and drinks were YUMMY!

1930’s sophistication and style, the Observation Bar and Art Deco Lounge is the playground of the cool. Classic and chic, the Observation Bar was formerly the First-Class Lounge and served as the hub for lively discussions over delicious drinks. Original artwork still hangs above the bar, which is lined with Art Deco tables, chairs and decor. Completing the 30’s look are distinct torchiere lamps, which give the room a soft, retro glow. So order a cocktail, sit back and enjoy this treasured downtown tradition.

After our snack and drinks we were off to the Haunted Encounters Tour. This was a one hour tour of the ship which stopped at the most “active” rooms and places on the ship. During this tour we were able to visit places on the ship you could not go without this tour, and experience some “spooky” places. While on this tour we learned a lot about the ship, the spooky history and the legends behind some of the encounters.

HAUNTED ENCOUNTERS
The Queen of All Ghost Stories

With such a varied and intriguing past it’s not surprising that the Queen Mary has been voted one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in America by Time magazine! Get a detailed overview of the Queen Mary’s most haunted areas and paranormal hotspots. Explore the ship inside and out and hear stories about the ship’s most famous reported apparitions. Among the ghosts reportedly still hanging around are a sailor who died in the ship’s engine room, a “lady in white,” and children who drowned in the ship’s pool.

Here are some of the “Spooky” places we went via photos

Overall it was a VERY interesting tour and I would suggest it to EVERYONE. This tour is offered Daily at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

The next morning we also checked out the

SELF-GUIDED AUDIO TOUR
Explore the Grandeur of the Queen Mary

Tour the Queen Mary at your own pace with our comprehensive Self-Guided Audio Tour. Learn the history of the Queen Mary while strolling the decks with our exclusive Queen Mary headset. Listen to the stories behind the pictures and the artwork of the legendary ship. From her groundbreaking construction to her royal launch, the Self-Guided Audio Tour is a great way to get to know the real Queen Mary up-close and personal.

This is a MUST, you are able to explore the ship at your own pace and learn a lot. This can be a little spooky because you do travel down to the bottom of the ship to explore the engine room, propeller, anchor and more. While on the lower levels and alone like we were it makes you think especially after the Haunted Encounters Tour we did the night before! To do the entire tour and really look at everything it takes about an hour and a half to two full hours. If you want to really explore the ship this is a MUST! Here are some of the photos from our tour.

Overall we had an AMAZING time and I can’t wait to re-visit the ship and try some of the other tours and learn even more about this amazing ship and the surrounding area. If you live in or near the Long Beach area I would strongly suggest that you take a day tip and check out this amazing Historical Site. If you are farther away I would suggest making a mini vacation out of it. This felt like a once in a lifetime experience to me!

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I received all tours free of charge and a discounted room rate in order to facilitate this review. However all opinions are my own.