Friday, November 12, 2010

Adventure Into Neverland or Actually the OC

Peter Pan and Children in flight.
We Had a Big Adventure Yesterday.

My friend Marjorie and I went into Orange County to go see Peter Pan at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and visit with her daughters and some of her granddaughters.
Marjorie with Jenna and Alyssa

We all met for a late lunch at one of my favorite raw vegan restaurants, Jenny Ross' Living Foods 118 Degrees in Costa Mesa. It was recently voted Best Vegan Date Spot 2010 by Orange Coast Magazine.

Counter at 118 Degrees
Jenny is the author of the beautiful book, The Art of raw living food.

The Art of Raw Living Food: Heal Yourself and the Planet with Eco-delicious Cuisine

Since one of the most difficult things about raw restaurants is deciding which item to order, we were in luck! 118 Degrees offers sampler plates and in our case, we all decided to go for the Bento Box making it very simple for our server.

The Bento Box features a selection of the day's favorites; a starter bite, a salad, an entree and a dessert item. Ours was a yummy stuffed tomato, a chef's salad which had delicious strawberries and greens in a light tasty dressing and the New Age Quesadilla, which is a wrap of sliced, marinated and dehydrated vegetables with a drizzle of cheeze cream and the only regular menu item. Oh! and of course a chocolate truffle with raspberry sauce. Some of the girls ordered Merry Monkey smoothies, which was a mix of bananas, almond butter and almond milk with a little maca, and cinnamon. Another had a berry smoothie, hold the bananas!! and the ladies all had a Chai Jasmine tea with an almond milk frappe.

It was all delicious! 
The New Age Quesadilla

This is where you will have to forgive me because I forgot my camera and my camera phone did not do anything justice except Marjorie and the girls.

So next time, more pictures I promise!

Peter Pan and Capt. Hook

So Off To Peter Pan!!

This was a brand new version of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan presented by a British Company called 360 Entertainment.  It was Peter Pan meets Disney and Cirque du Soleil.

The show was actually outside in a Cirque du Soleil style tent or rather the world's first 360- degree state of the art CGI theater pavilion. The tent is actually an IMAX like screen in the round that serves for the backdrop for the multimedia show that takes place in the air and on the center stage in the middle of the audience.

If you have ever been in Disneyland's Circle Vision you will have a sense of what this is like as the children on wires take to the skies of London in the late 1800's.

You feel as if you are flying as you swoop with them across the skies in and around the towers and bridges until they arrive at Neverland. The screen then serves as a beautiful interactive background for all the scenes.

Below water we are even treated to aerobatic mermaids suspended in air on ropes of fabric Cirque du Soleil style.

Nana and handler
There are creative puppets for the characters of Nana, the dog and the crocodile was especially creative. There are minimal props as most of the show is comprised of the graphics and aerial work and of course the acting and dialogue.

But in our opinion the real show stealer was Tink!
Itxaso Moreno as Tink- Brilliant!
Mind you, this is not the cute little blonde fairy associated with Disneyland animation but rather a scruffy dirty fairy in combat boots that is more of a London style street hooligan.

Definition of Hooliganism: unruly, destructive, aggressive and bullying behavior. Yep that's Tink!

No fairy dust here, more like gutteral screeches and grunts and swearing under her breath. She is more true to the story in her unabashed dislike for Wendy.  She is as hilarious as she is talented on the wire. A true acrobat.
Often found hanging upside down for entire scenes.

She is such a star that these are one of the official T-shirts for sale:
Wish I bought one of these!

All in all it was a very creative and entertaining show and the children in the crowd, along with the adults, were mesmerized. I feel so fortunate to have been included in such a fun family day with Marjorie!

I say, Good Show!

So tonight as I sit here reflecting on our trip yesterday, I find myself craving a Merry Monkey smoothie of my own concoction for dinner and why not? 

So I created this:


It's based on the Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie I shared here but a little different so I will add my version below.

or Cacao Almond Butter Banana Coconut Smoothie
(based on Raw Dawg Rory's Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie)

2 cups water
2 frozen bananas
4 tbsp almond butter
4 tbsp raw cacao (can use unsweetened cocoa or carob)
4 tbsp honey or agave
1 tbsp shredded dried coconut
1/4 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon

Blend and Enjoy! MMMmmmmmm!

Somehow a martini glass dresses up everything! I had to fill it 4 times but hey... no biggie. It felt like such a special treat and that's what's for dinner. Love it!
I will probably be up all night from the cacao but I sure enjoyed it!

Night! Off to Neverland...
"Second star to the right and straight on until morning."


Deborah and Larry said...

Wow!!! What an amazing show and format. Looks like you all had an amazing time.

Don't you love having a raw restaurant to go to for those special times? When done right they can be the best choice ever.

I love the idea that you had your smoothie for your dinner. Sometimes I forget that a smoothie is more then enough and more then satisfying. Thanks for the reminder ;)

Jodi said...

Thanks Deborah, this smoothie with the almond butter and banana is so filling and comforting. The chocolate flavor makes it feel like a treat!

Mary said...

Beautiful post, Jodi. I used to live in Orange County, but wasn't raw at the time. In fact I hadn't even heard of raw! But the Performing Arts Center ... well one of my favorite "date" nights. Thanks for the eye candy.

Mary M.

Jodi ~Getting Raw said...
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Jodi ~Getting Raw said...

You are so welcome Mary! I used to live there too and same thing, had never heard of raw. Now I know what I was missing! ;-D


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