Friday, September 29, 2017

Halloween Time at Disneyland


Disneyland is the king for creating an environment that can pull you right in.  The holiday season is one of my most favorite times to visit the Happiest Place on Earth.  The only times I like better are when the crowds are magically missing.  Halloween Time is in full swing at the parks so we took a quick trip down to see how the mouse decorated his house this year.  

In true Disney style the magic started even before you entered the park.  We parked in the Mickey and Friends parking lot where we always do unless we are staying at one of their amazing hotels.  As you pull away be ready to look to your right.  After you turn the first bend Mickey, Minnie and Donald are all dressed up for Halloween fun.  Soon after that turn to your left hand side and Goofy and Pluto will greet you with a ghostly scene. 

After you get off the tram you will be in Downtown Disney.  We made the walk to the park gates to be greeted with these giant pumpkin tributes to the Disneyland tribe.  They sit above the entrance gates for you to study while you are waiting your turn to go inside.  

As soon as you get through those gates you have a really cool photo opportunity.  The photo pass people are there waiting to help you get the perfect shot of this floral mickey with the background of the railroad behind it.  This is classic Disneyland memory magic.  

When you enter Main Street you will be in the middle of a Disney style pumpkin festival.  Along the entire stretch of Main Street you can see hundreds of one of a kind jack-o-lanterns peeking down at you.  The colors of fall are everywhere and in the center is a huge Mickey Mouse jack-o-lantern which is also a perfect photo opportunity.  The park is scattered with your favorite characters in their costumes and even quite a few villains running around.  You will know where to find them when you see the lines.  Seriously, have you got the idea that Halloween Time is a good time to get a million pictures because it is. 
At the end of Main Street surrounding the Partners Statue you can see special pumpkins carved to look like their favorite Disney buddies.  
You cant talk about Halloween time with out mentioning the Haunted Mansion.  Jack Skellington has decked it out with his haunted style of holiday cheer.  Now through January of 2018 you can see the Haunted Mansion decked out in the style of The Nightmare Before Christmas. For sure this is a cant miss event.  Space Mountain is also changed over for the Halloween season to Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.  These two rides bring in big crowds just to see them.  Plan on making good use of the FastPass system since both rides have it available.  

In addition to all the fun decorations there is also a huge variety of ways to spend your money on Disney Halloween gear.  From orange Mickey ears to light up home decor you can find so many things you will need to have.  It takes a lot of self control to not load it all up and take it home.  

We have a strong honesty policy here.  I am going to say something that might not be very popular but I stand by it.  Disneyland also does something incredible on select nights.  Mickey's Halloween Party has a Headless Horseman, the best Trick-or-treating you can ever experience and that is for the adults too, special fireworks, Cadaver Dans singing their stopped hearts out, Villains Square and a Frightfully Fun Parade.  In true Disney style they go all out for this sold out event.  We looked at tickets and we have been before but we are not going this year.  When you buy tickets to this event you will get into the parks three hours before the event and spend 5 hours partying away for the cost of $120 a person.  We have done this before.  It was the most candy ever.  We paid $59 for our experience years ago and it was pretty cool.  The kiddos loved the heaps of candy.  Tricky part was getting them to not eat it before you went on a stomach churning ride.  This event brings in big crowds and if you are a people watcher, a person who loves to seek autographs or a person who has unlimited patience for waiting in lines you might love it.  We chose to save the $440 it would cost our family.  I think that the price of $120 a person for a partial day at the park with guaranteed crowds isn't worth it.  FYI- if you are at the park on a day that the event takes place know that you will not be spending the whole day at the park.  Don't get me wrong.  I love Disneyland.  I gladly spend the money on annual passes so I can come and go as I please.  For now we live just a few hours from the park and we go often.  Before we were living in SoCal we still had annual passes because Disneyland is Magical and I think it has its value.  That value is lost on me a little bit when its me and a million friends all jockeying for the same piece of real-estate.  

Eek.  I feel like I have said terrible things here.  The Halloween experience in the park is cool.  If you even like Halloween you will love this event.  We have experienced it once and I feel like that might have been enough. I love Halloween but I don't love how the crowds have exploded at the park.  Eight hours sounds like a long time but its not if you are waiting in 90 minute lines.  

Am I wrong?  Like I said, its been a long time since we have tried the event.  Maybe I have no idea how well Disneyland has streamlined this event.  Maybe they have limited the number of tickets better so that the crowds aren't as massive.  I definitely don't feel like an expert here.  

Overall take on this post.  Disneyland does really cool things.  If you choose to go to the Halloween Party I am excited for you and I would love to hear all about it.  If you choose not to go to the Halloween Party, it is still very worth it to go see what has been done on a day that the party wont be going on.  Either way Disneyland is a Magical place and you will love it. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ready For The Worst

 With all of the hurricanes and earthquakes occurring in our part of the world it's hard not to feel for those affected by these natural disasters. Seeing the damage, devastation and the recovery brought feelings of sorrow on one day and pure joy on others. All together, however, it has reminded us of the importance of being ready for the worst before the worst hits us.


72 Hour Kits
  Over the last couple of weeks we reevaluated our 72 hour kits and found many of our supplies out of date and ready to be replaced. The kits we've had for the kids needed to be updated and we decided to add some other supplies to help keep us as comfortable as possible for the first few days of a natural disaster. Let's face it, we still have a year here in California and I don't think I need to tell you how likely an earthquake is to strike here.

  Being ready at home is one thing. But what about when you are on the road? Is there anything you can do? If you're flying to your destination it will be difficult. The airlines limit what you can take with you and nobody really wants to carry a lot of extra baggage with them as they travel. The only advice I can give you is to hit up a grocery store for some snacks that you don't mind eating when you are in and out of your hotel room. The airline traveling is an area that we have neglected and haven't figured out yet. We do spend a lot of time on the road, however, and that is what I'm going to focus on today. So I have put together a list of a few items that we carry with us for the just in case.

Tool Kit- We don't leave home without at least a small tool kit in the car. The kit includes wrenches and sockets of both standard and metric sizes. It only has the most common sizes because it is a basic kit but it will do in a pinch. A pair of pliers, a little tie wire and of course, the almighty duct tape are also important additions to the kit. Of course when we head out on the trail in the Jeep I have a larger tool kit, spare parts, jumper cables and a Hi-Lift jack due to the Jeep having a lift kit.

72-hour kit- For longer drives we carry a 72 hour kit in the car in anticipation for the worst. While we don't travel too many remote roads during the winter months where we could get stranded we feel better having the kit anyway. I've seen too many TV shows telling the stories of stranded families not to be prepared. Besides there may be a chance in the future when we could cross into tornado country or earthquake territory and get more than we bargained for. The food bars also make for a handy snack when you have a snack attack while at church or something. Just don't forget to replace them as you eat through them.  You can buy them ready made here, or build your own from an online list like this.  

Rechargeable Jump Starter- This one we learned the hard way. A trip to Disneyland a few years ago had one less than magical moment. Three days into the trip I happened to head out to the car to get something out of the trunk. As I approached the car I could see a dim light glowing in the darkness. The dome light. I remember turning it on but I couldn't remember turning it off. Mainly because I didn't turn it off. I stuck the key in the ignition, said my many pleases to the car gods and sunk into the seat when all I heard was the clicking of the starter. The good news was that a call to the front desk brought us the parking gurus that had a portable jump starter and we were up and running again. Today we have a jump starter of our own that is a third the size as they use to be and also will charge laptops, phones and almost anything else you may need to charge. This one is made by Stark Power. I used it on a coworkers truck a few weeks ago and I have to say, I'm pleased.  Here is one we found on Amazon that is similar to the one we carry.  

Blankets and sweatshirts- Depending on the time of year and where we are traveling we will bring the proper clothing for the weather we plan to be in. It is also a good idea to always have a blanket and sweatshirts for when the sun goes down. The desert can have a wide range of temperature swings and it helps to be able to stay warm when the sun goes down.

First Aid and Miscellaneous Items- A small first aid kit with just the basics and some pain reliever are a given. A flashlight of some kind and our phone chargers are also part of our travel kit. Many times we'll carry a hand held HAM radio to have with us as well. One addition we've had to add is Benadryl. A food allergy has come up in our family and our first line of defense is to use Benadryl to help relieve an allergic reaction. This works for us at this time and we hope we don't have to get any more extreme than that. Know your families needs when it comes to medications and make sure you have it with you. This may be the most important thing you do.

 Well, there it the overview of our car kit. It isn't as big as it sounds and it isn't hard to have these things with you. In the end it is up to you to decide what you need to have with you but we strongly urge you to build your own kit and be ready for the worst even when you're having the time of your lives.
  
Brandan


Friday, September 22, 2017

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain is thrilling.  Its exciting and fast paced.  Its heart pounding roller coasters from one edge of its 262 acres to the other. Six Flags Magic Mountain holds the world record for most roller coasters in an amusement park.  Magic Mountain is an awesome place to spend a day and they are always adding new rides to the mix.  Today we are going to talk about their newest ride.  Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.  

Metropolis is under attack and the Justice League is there to save the day.  There's a catch though, they need your help.  Join them and you become members of the Justice League Reserve Team.  Enter into the Hall of Justice and be ready to start your adventure.  

The line to enter is right outside of these huge doors.  Magic Mountain employees will let you in in small groups.  When you enter into the first room you are greeted by three large statues of Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman.  (Super cool place for a selfie)! On the wall across from it is a huge screen where your Justice League friends will give you the details on what is going on and why you are needed.  

The message starts with Superman himself and he is joined by Batman, but is soon broke in by villains Lex Luthor and the Joker.  The story unfolds and we are needed to help stop the spreading of deadly laughing gas.  This is a huge task to take on and they need more hands to get this done.  Don't worry though, they have a plan.  

We then enter to the next room where we are visited by Cyclops.  He is there to tell us all the info we need to succeed  on our mission.  The Justice League has a new tool to fight this battle and we will be equipped to use it.  So far we are just moving in a clump of people but on the back left side of the room there is a door.  Its near the door we entered the room from.  This will be where you enter the last part of the line and the whole clump of people in the room will funnel through it.  Keep your group together at this point since its easy to get separated in the chaos.  

When you enter the line you start to see the mission unfold.  The line isn't very long and you can see where the ride loads.  The sides of the walls are loaded with signs telling you all the little details you might need such as scoring and what all you are going to need. Yes! I said scoring!  This is a great place to get your competition on.  Do the best you can and you will see your results as you go through the game.  You will be loaded into a car, or your Reserve Team Vehicle, that seats you and five of your friends.  Since this is an all immersive experience you will need to put on some 3D glasses. As far as 3D glasses go these are great.  They aren't your basic theme park glasses.  They will actually stay on your head and really they don't look as silly as many of them do.  

In your Reserve Team Vehicle is a blaster that shoots EMP waves to disable electronics and stun humans.  This will be your tool to beat the baddies.  Each gun shoots a different color blast out and you can see what color is yours on the dash in front of you.  Use the gun and fight the bad guys, but  don't shoot the good ones.  I'm not sure if it hurts your score or not, but even if it doesn't bad form! After you have learned finished the game you will find out your score and how you compare to others that have competed.  I asked an employee and the scores reset at night so I'm sure that there are people out there that can beat this score, but Jeremy got in the top 1% of all time!  He is very good at these games.  He beats me at Disneyland's Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters as well.  

After you see your score you have one more surprise in store.  Harley Quinn is there to blast you one last time.  Survive Harley and go to the end of the ride.  There you will see a score board that has all your scores and where you ranked for the day.  Overall this ride is a very cool addition to the Six Flags Magic Mountain family.  

What is your favorite Six Flags Magic Mountain ride? 

Hope your travels are thrilling. 
❤ Misty











Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Communication Is Key

 It's important to today's society to keep close tabs on one another and hourly updates from social media seems to be the new normal. But what do you do in those situations when a phone doesn't make for the best form of communication? Yes there are actually times when a phone is actually inept at keeping us in touch with our peoples. If you are adventurous, and you should be, you will find yourself without cell service when you get out into the back country. If you take a cruise outside of the United States you will face international charges to any call, text or cutesy selfie that you send across the cellular networks. Of course many folks don't realize that until the bill comes at the end of the month. Ouch!
  In our case we tend to do a lot of off road adventures that require to stay in touch with groups of 40 or more vehicles at a time and we tend to travel in larger groups as we visit national parks or other sites so again, a phone is not going to work for that style of travel. So what do we use to talk to all of our closest friends? We use what the youngsters would consider to be an archaic technology. It's called radio frequencies.
 Two way communications comes in all shapes and sizes and I thought I would just touch on the ones that we have found useful in the past to maybe give you guys an alternative way to talk to one another during your own adventures. Each style of radio that I'm going to talk about of course comes with different skill sets and price ranges but are by no means something to fear. All of them have there place and it is ultimately up to you to decide what type of radio fits your needs.


 The most common radio that I've seen would be a family style radio. They are compact, run on AA or AAA batteries and have a one to two mile range that can allow you to speak car to car, on a cruise ship or while your out on a hike. The small frames make them easy to stash in a backpack or a purse and most will even clip to a belt. As with all radios they work best with direct line of site and the more things (walls, trees, etc) will affect how well the radios sends and receives information and these radios have the weakest output of our radios. The trade off here to me is power for portability. The price range on these guys start around $20 and can reach $200 on the extreme side.


  The most used radios in our closet is the CB (Civilian Band) radios. If you grew up watching The Dukes of Hazard or Smoky and the Bandit you know about CB radios. From what I understand these shows help propel sales of this style of radio through the 1970's. You just weren't cool if you didn't have one. Today truckers across the country still use these radios to converse with one another to pass information to one another and to generally give them someone to talk to on those long road trips. These radios are going to be hard mounted in the vehicle and require an external antenna to use them. They come in all shapes, sizes and power and use 40 channels to give you a larger chunk of airwaves to keep your conversations your own. If you like to attend off road events like the Easter Jeep Safari or Jeep Jamboree these radios are a must. We also like to have them mounted in our motorhomes as we caravan to our next camp site. CB radios range in price from $30 to around $200. They have a much better range than your family radio and more channels to use but again, require an antenna mount and wiring to be done on your vehicle. These do come in a hand held version as well but I have never had one to offer an opinion on.


  Finally we come to the big daddy of radios. Amateur radio has the largest range of frequencies and power available to the public. They can be mounted in a vehicle or set up in your house. They also come in a small hand held unit like the family radio but these guys are more powerful. These radios require a license from the FCC to operate and can cause all kinds of judgmental facial expressions when you refer to them as their common name. These are HAM radios folks and yes, I do have a license. I joke about funny facial expressions because it's true. I used to be one of those people. When I heard about HAM radios all I could think about were a bunch of lonely old dudes hanging out in their unfinished basements eating ham sandwiches and talking about the weather. Shame on me. We were introduced to amateur radio through our CERT team (Community Emergency Response Team) which taught us the ins and outs of HAM and how useful they can be. I am currently working on a full time set up to put into the Jeep so that we have long distance capabilities when we head into the back country for days at a time. Getting licensed isn't difficult. It just take a little studying and you have to take a test. You may not need this kind of radio for your regular day travels but if you are into overland travel or emergency preparedness this is something you would be interested in. HAM radios range in cost from $35 to $10,000. Yes that's a huge range but a mobile station that you would mount in your car it will be more like $180 to $700 and you again need antenna set ups like you do with a CB radio. I'll let you do the research on that one on your own.

 So there they are. Our alternative communications for the limited cellular phone. Using radios allows us to communicate with larger groups at once which a phone just won't do. It enhances our enjoyment of each trip we take and come in handy in multiple types of situations. I hope this helps you out in your future adventures. We'll see you later this week and for those fellow HAM's out there, 73.

Brandan 

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Old Town San Diego's Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant.


When you visit Old Town San Diego you step back in time.  We love our history and we love it when we can see it as it was.  Welcome to the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant.  Set in 1830's dusty past, this place has a story to tell and it would love to tell it to you.  Whether you are here to stay or eat you will be amazed at all they have to offer. 
The Cosmopolitan was constructed in 1827 as the home of Don Juan Bandini.  There was nothing to speak of in the area besides a few small adobe homes and cattle.  This home is built of 10,000 adobe bricks and was huge in comparison to anything near it.  Bandini was known for his elegant style and his week long dance parties.  This style shows in the home.  You can stay here in one of the ten period inspired rooms for a steal of a deal. They start at just $149 a night and include breakfast in the gaming parlor.  I've never eaten in a gaming parlor but it is now an item on my travel bucket list.  

While visiting the area we were looking for a place to eat.  If you remember my favorite suggestion in the area, Cafe Coyote, then you will understand why when we asked where everyone wanted to eat for lunch the answer came up as anything but Mexican food.  We ate at Cafe Coyote three times in one tiny weekend.   Its good food so I didn't think of the need to look for anything else.  Because of that we missed out on a great place many times, but not anymore.  The Cosmopolitan restaurant now holds a place on our list of must visit restaurants when you are in Old Town San Diego.  It is also "not Mexican food" if you are looking for that.  The building is a large square that surrounds an open area for dining.  With the weather in San Diego always being wonderful it is the perfect place to rest your feet. 

The food here is special and unlike anything we've eaten before.   The menu consists of things like chicken and churros and churro speared hamburgers.  The sweet and salty combos with a twist all of their own.  They start your meal with their own house savory rolls served with a whipped fig butter made with figs they pick from the trees that surround you.   

I did manage to find a burrito though or rather a Chimi-Quesa-Burrito.  A crispy chimichanga shell filled with pork adobado, pico de gallo, avocado, verde sauce, four cheeses, cilantro and onion.  It was pretty good but huge.  I shared this with my mom and we were both full.  Not to full for dessert but still full.  
We also had meals on our table like the beautiful braised short rib.  While it was very tasty, it was so pretty you almost didn't want to make that first cut into it.   We also had meals like crispy chicken and goat cheese grits and aged skirt steak.  There were options for any taste here.  They also change their menu from time to time and have things that we didn't see on the menu.  The table near us got a plate full of fresh made potato chips that looked so tempting.  It was fun to watch the different creations go by.  You can check out their menu here to see what I'm talking about.

While we were all full the desserts were impossible to pass up.  We got a few to share and we were so glad that we didn't pass them up.  I am a fried ice cream fanatic.  I love the stuff.  The Cosmopolitan has the best fried ice cream I have ever had!  The shell was full and crispy with the addition of oats and nuts.  It was full of flavor and just the right amount of sweet.  This is good enough it is reason enough alone to eat here.  Seriously!  We also got caramelized banana cheesecake, red velvet flan and berry cobbler.  All were incredible and pictured below!  

Overall the place was an experience.  We loved the atmosphere.  We loved the food.  We loved the old style of the waiters and the incredible variety they offered.  I feel like we have walked by a hundred times and never knew that this treasure existed.  Now we know, we love it and we will be back.  

There you go.  Options in Old Town that are not all Mexican food.  Plus they serve Coke products, if that matters to you.  😉

See you at the next adventure.  Where should that be?
❤ Misty                         







Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Festival Of Sail

 It is no secret that I don't play well in water. I don't like to wear shorts and my fare skin likes to change twenty shades of red when left unprotected for longer than five minutes. But there is a part of me that wishes that I did enjoy water sports because I find old sailing ships to be fascinating. 
  I could possibly blame Steven Spielberg for this in some way. What kid that grew up in the 1980's didn't have grand visions of adventure after watching The Goonies? We all wanted to find a long lost pirate ship full of riches that had been plundered by "One Eyed Willie." Yep, defying our parents, seeking adventure and listening to Cyndi Lauper was all we could think about. Well maybe not the Cyndi Lauper part but hey, she had some catchy tunes. Anyway, when I found out that there was a meritime museum in San Diego and that they were hosting a festival full of these sailing ships I knew we had to go. So we loaded up the car and headed south for Labor Day weekend.
   The Maritime Museum of San Diego is where the Star of India resides as well as the Berkley. Both of these vessels are historic landmarks and the stars of the museum. During the Festival of Sail, however, there were twenty one ships to visit each with its own ship look, feel and story.
  Now, to be honest, I know absolutely nothing about boats or how to sail them. I know it isn't easy and that there is a lot to all the ropes and pulleys that operate the sails. But I wish I had some knowledge about how they worked. It looks like a lot of fun as long as I didn't have to make a living at it. There isn't a lot of room or privacy on board these ships and the head clearance left a lot to be desired for a person over six foot tall. Looks like it wouldn't be a pirates life for me. It's hard to imagine the conditions that people lived in as they traveled the world in those early days of exploration. These ships are obviously younger than that but the concept remains the same.
  We weren't there long before the peaceful docks erupted in loud booms that made most everyone jump right out of their boots. It was canon fire. Yes, two of the ships were giving harbor tours and as they passed by each other they let loose on their canons. These of course were not using live ammunition but the sound, fire and smoke were enough to give you a very uneasy feeling. You defiantly wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of one of those guns. I would however, really like to fire one. Those ships sailing the harbor were the only two ships we didn't get on which was okay. It may have sparked a desire to start another hobby that I can't afford. It looked like a blast, though. (Ha! That wasn't intentional but I like it.)
  One ship is kind of a star in its own right because Hollywood has used it for roles in the films Master and Commander and Pirates of the Caribbean.  Below deck of this ship we heard stories of how they used the ship during filming, what was and wasn't on board during shooting and there were photos hanging on the walls of the actors during the shoot. It's not often that you get to interact with Hollywood history in such a hands on way so I thought that was pretty cool.
  The Star of India was the main reason I wanted to visit the Maritime Museum and it did not disappoint. I learned of the ship from an episode of the series Ghost Hunters a few years back and I've wanted to visit ever since. She was built in 1863 in the United Kingdom and sailed for under her flag until 1906 when she was sold to the United States. During her career she has survived a collision and a terrible wind storm. She was used to carry different types of cargo from the UK, India, Alaska and New Zealand. She is the oldest iron hulled merchant ship still in existence and still sails regularly. She is also rumored to be haunted as you may have figured out. However, if it is the ghosts were silent or at least drowned out by the large crowds of people that toured her decks that day.
  The Festival of Sail was expected to bring in around 125,000 people for Labor Day weekend. Yes it was crowded but it's not everyday you can see that many old ships in the same place. It was like visiting twenty one floating museums. If you get the chance to visit San Diego during the Festival of Sail you should make the effort to stop by. If not you don't make it during the festival then at least stop by the Maritime Museum to see the Star of India. The history of that ship alone is worth the stop. Perhaps next time I'll let them take me out and show me how to sail. That could open me up to all kinds of new adventures.

Brandan

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cafe Coyote, Old Towns Best Mexican Restaurant.

Lets throw down a little background about me.  Hello, My name is Misty and I have never meet a Mexican restaurant I didn't like.  If you ask me what I want for dinner I am going to suggest a Mexican restaurant of some sort.  You should know this about me so you can take the next thing I am going to say with all information at hand, so you can make an informed decision.  


I consider my self somewhat of an expert in the field of good Mexican food and I feel fairly confident that Cafe Coyote is the best there is.  Located in Old Town San Diego, Cafe Coyote has been thriving for every 25 years.  You don't stick around that long unless you have something special.  
When Brandan and I got up at 6 am to go jogging we decided to run down the street in Old town.  These ladies were there getting fresh tortillas ready for the day.  The smell was incredible.  Seriously, you are in Old Town and not quite ready for a meal.  Stop by these ladies and buy a few tortillas.  They sell them right there in front of the building and they are so good.  If you are hungry at all then it is time to head in.  

If you see a long line in front of the building don't let that push you away.  Grab yourself a tortilla from the ladies making them fresh and located close to the lineup spot and then get in line and wait it out. The place is huge and the line always moves pretty fast.  I don't mean big, I mean huge! Both buildings in this picture are Cafe Coyote plus it goes way back.  In between the buildings that is more seating too. There is tons of seating.  
I only have two negative things about the place.  First, it can be loud.  I go to restaurants with people I love to spend time with and Id like to be able to communicate with them.  This is a place that depending on where you sit might be a voice raiser kinda conversation.  It adds to the feel of the place though so you cant really call it a negative.  Second, Pepsi.  I hate Pepsi.  I know that there are some people out there that like the stuff so I will let it slide but seriously, come over to the good side and bring yourself a Diet Coke. 

Famous Old Town Carnitas
TRES PUERCOSChile Verde, Carnitas, and Chile Colorado
Portions are large especially after getting your fill of chips and salsa.  The cheese quesadilla is unlike any you have ever had too so you might want to add that to your wish list.  We generally just stick with the chips because we know the goodness that is coming.   
You really cant go wrong with anything on the menu but I'll give you my suggestions anyway.  Their chili verde is the best ever!  You can't go wrong choosing that.  If you want more of a variety you are looking for the Tres Puercos.  It has chili verde, carnitas and chili colorado.  Their carnitas would be my second favorite and their carnitas plate is heaping with good stuff.  All of the above served with those amazing fresh tortillas.  My daughter got the shrimp burrito and it was family sized.  It smelled good but I didn't get a taste.  She said that it was very good but she likes chicken nuggets too so you can take that how you wish.  My son got a hamburger.  The best Mexican restaurant ever and he chooses a hamburger.  There are no words... 
Shrimp Burrito- Its as big as a baby.
Hamburger...At Cafe Coyote?!?!









If you are wondering how you will every try everything you want to try here then I have great news for you.  They are open daily from 7 am to 10 pm.  Yes friends, you can start your day with Mexican food, have it again for lunch and then chase it down with Mexican for dinner.  For breakfast the first day I had the chilaquiles. That is corn tortillas smothered in tomatillo sauce and served with eggs and cheese.  It was good but on the second day I made it magical.  (Yes the second day we ate here too)  I asked them to top the chilaquiles with chili verde and it is now my new favorite.  It is like nachos, chili verde and yum all in one perfect piping hot skillet.  They don't have chili verde on their breakfast menu but I asked and they were happy to make it happen.  So good!

Lets be real here.  You are not going to lose weight eating here every day but you will be happy.  Unless you are one of those people who don't love Mexican food.  Then I guess I am sorry.  There are restaurants in Old Town that serve things besides Mexican food, they just aren't the best restaurant in all of Old Town.  

Where is the one restaurant you love that we should visit on our travels? 

Happy trails and good eats.  

❤ Misty