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Posts from #palms16.

  • Cookie and Cocoa Swirl Contraband A tip for travelers flying to your destination, pack that Cookie and Cocoa Swirl from Trader Joes. Don’t transport this jar in your hand carry with the intent of protecting the cargo. The TSA screeners at airport security will confiscate your swirl. Well, they’ll give you the chance of eating it before proceeding through security. Unfortunately, we didn’t have anything to thickly smear the cookie and cocoa combo on so to the amnesty bin it went (with someone else’s confiscated swirl).    Advertisements (function(g){if('undefined'!=typeof g.__ATA){ g.__ATA.initAd({collapseEmpty:'after', sectionId:10699611, width:300, height:250}); }})(window); var o = document.getElementById('crt-1259656736'); if ("undefined"!=typeof Criteo) { var p = o.parentNode; p.style.setProperty('display', 'inline-block', 'important'); o.style.setProperty('display', 'block', 'important'); Criteo.DisplayAcceptableAdIfAdblocked({zoneid:388248,containerid:"crt-1259656736",collapseContainerIfNotAdblocked:true,"callifnotadblocked": function () {var o = document.getElementById('crt-1259656736'); o.style.setProperty('display','none','important');o.style.setProperty('visbility','hidden','important'); } }); } else { o.style.setProperty('display', 'none', 'important'); o.style.setProperty('visibility', 'hidden', 'important'); }
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter Is Now Open April 7, 2016 marked the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. Before the actual opening, there were “technical rehearsals” to work out any kinks. During our #palms16 Spring Break vacation, we got to explore Hogsmeade and Hogwarts before the full effect of the crowds. Very impressive! The attention to detail is great. Lots of little things that add to the overall effect. Even in that high roof tavern area where the owls are perched, there’s owl “poop” marks covering the rafters. Funny! The Wizarding World is kinda small although it looks big. Hopefully Universal expands it over the years and adds more attractions. Right now, there are essentially two rides, the Flight of the Hippogriff and the Forbidden Journey. When we were there, both ...
  • The Largest Starbucks? This is most likely the largest Starbucks I have ever seen or been in, and this is at Universal Studios Hollywood. Keep in mind that Universal has several Starbucks locations. There’s one undergoing renovation at the CityWalk. If you’re going to ride all those escalators to the Lower Lot, Universal has your Starbucks needs covered there. But the biggest location is in the Upper Lot. Its signage doesn’t give away anything about the interior size. But when you walk in, you’ll see an expanse of people in line, waiting for orders, and dining in. While the ordering line may look daunting, it moves fast, mainly because there’s like four dedicated registers going at the same time. I had to stitch together a panorama to capture the vast dimensions of this location. When you really take ...
  • Dispelling the Illusion of the Nike Factory Store Don’t get me wrong. If I’m ever nearby a Nike Factory Store, I’m going in. But… after visiting three Nike outlets recently, I’ve come to realize that their offerings aren’t that good. While on vacation at Palm Springs, Hollywood, and Anaheim (with a stopover in Long Beach), I managed several (unplanned) visits to Nike Factory Stores at Desert Hills Premium Outlets, Long Beach, and the Outlets at Orange. While each location offered something a little different, they were pretty much the same. The stores have the “walls” and the “racks” as I call them. The racks and shelves have the inventory stuff, usually older models or stuff that didn’t sell well. There’s usually a lot of sizes with a modest discount. Predominately, there are the running shoes and trainers. Sometimes, you ...
  • Boost Over Air Max So my shoe tech of choice for trips has been Nike’s Air Max, preferably a full length Air Max setup ala Air Max 360. Several years back, the red-bubbled Air Trainer 1.3 protected my feet at Disneyland. In 2013, the Perry the Platypus-colored Air Max 90 rocked Alaska and Disneyland. Last year for HIChina15, I was hoping for the Nike Air Max PacFly but could never find them so instead, the old faithful (and Air Max-ed out) Griffey’s traveled China. But in 2016, finding a full length Air Max is not that easy. As a default, there’s the annual Air Max runners but the 2015 didn’t feel right in the right places. Only old school retro Barkley’s and Chris Webber’s included Air Max in the forefoot. However, these were full priced ...
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