Our Medieval Times Buena Park Experience [+ Giveaway]

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When Medieval Times Buena Park contacted us to share about their new show and September SoCal resident special along with an offer for my family and Susanne’s to come and check it out firsthand for review, I thought, “Why not?! It would be something different.”

But I have a confession to make: I am a girly girl and I am the mother of two girly girls, so a visit to Medieval Times probably wouldn’t have occurred to me. My girls are not into swords or things of that nature so I honestly wouldn’t have thought of it as something they might enjoy. But oh, how WRONG I was!

Because the experience was AWESOME! The type of fun that makes your cheeks hurt from smiling and the type of joy that comes from seeing your kids in complete awe. Like when the show opened with this magical horse entering the arena…

Medieval Times brings you back to an age of bravery and honor with a dinner and spectacular tournament.

When we checked in, we were given seat assignments along with a special crown denoting our team (black & white) and the knight we would be cheering for.

Before the show we were able to enjoy a pre-dinner drink (a $6 glass of wine  – loved the reasonable price) and our kids were able to look around the gift shop and cruise around the garden.

Then we entered the theater in the round…WOW!

Our jovial waiter introduced himself, and let us know the food would be coming out in four courses, and a bar waitress would be coming around for any drink orders if we wished to partake.

It was nice to not have to order specific food (there is only one menu), which consisted of: tomato bisque, focaccia bread with olive oil, oven-roasted chicken, BBQ spare rib, herb-basted potato quarters, apple strudel. The food was delicious!

And then it begun!  A spectacle of beautiful horses and noble knights. As the show progressed, it was a sword fighting game of elimination where the knights competed in duels and the winner went on to the next level.

Unfortunately Mr. Black & White knight was knocked out the first round, but that was OK, because we were still able to cheer for our next favorite knight, the one my daughter picked based on outfit color.

Susanne’s daughter picked her favorite based on the amount of sparkles. What did I say about our girly girls? Here is Susanne’s cute family before the show…

For information on Medieval Times Buena, click HERE. Please also note that for the month of September 2o12, local Southern California residents can SAVE BIG with this special offer.

Our Medieval Times Tips!

Here are some of the things we would recommend if visiting Medieval Times with your family…

~ Arrive at least 30 minutes prior.  Probably 30 – 60 would be ideal. Seating is first come first serve. But there really is no bad seat in the house.

~ Come hungry. It’s a lot of food and it is so good you will want to keep eating the gluttonous sized portions. When in Rome, right?!

~ Bring a pack of baby wipes! In keeping with the theme of the times, you eat with your hands!  Yep, no utensils! Kids love this. And I thought it was fun too, but it is messy. The wipes will come in handy. Thanks to my Facebook fan for this tip.

~ Consider ordering one vegetarian meal when you check in. I ordered my one daughter the vegetarian meal, which included hummus and pita chips, grilled veggies and a stuffed pepper. The girls liked the hummus & pitas and my husband liked having some veggies too. Plus, there will be enough chicken to last you for days!

~ Don’t worry about all the leftover food – you can take it with you!  They are great with giving you take home containers and bags, so we ate the yummy leftover chicken throughout the whole next week.

~ If celebrating a special occasion, add on the Celebration Package for +$16pp and includes preferred seating, framed group photo, knights cheering banner, personalized announcement during the show, slice of cake, “Behind the Scenes” DVD and a commemorative program. I kept thinking what an awesome birthday party idea this would be for a small group of kids.

~ Take the kids potty before the show.  Once the action starts, you don’t want to miss a minute!  And after the show, there was a long line inside, but we found an open restroom outside that was vacant. Yay.

~ Be ready to CHEER! My oldest daughter was screaming so loud she got hoarse the next day. The more you get into it and cheer for your guy, the more fun it is.

Overall, we just had a blast, it was completely fun for everyone! And the food was DELICIOUS!

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Disclosure: Our families received complimentary tickets to the show to facilitate this review. Thank you Medieval Times! 

Photo credit: Medieval Times. Except for the personal pictures of course!

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This Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Sweet Balsamic Drizzle will be a hit at your next dinner party or will make for a *hot* backyard date night with the hubs after your kiddos go to bed.

Serve with your favorite side salad with your homemade vinaigrette and dinner is done!

Serves 2 (or easy to make for a larger group, just buy a side of salmon & a larger cedar plank to fit)

Plan ahead:  the cedar plank needs to soak in water for at least a couple of hours. 

What you need:

2 pieces of fresh salmon, 4-6 oz each

cedar plank (available at most grocery stores, for sure at your nearest fish market, look for a size to comfortably hold your fish, you don’t want to crowd.)

extra virgin olive oil

For Chili Brown Sugar Rub:

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp dried oregano

dash of cayenne

1-2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

For Balsamic Drizzle:

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp brown sugar

Ready, Set, Cook!

Soak cedar plank in water for at least  2 hours.

Chili Brown Sugar Rub

Stir together and store in an airtight container at room temp, you will only use a little bit for this recipe.

Sweet Balsamic Drizzle:

Reduce balsamic, brown sugar and soy sauce in a small sauce pan until thick enough to drizzle, watch carefully not to burn.  Place in a serving dish to place on the table room temperature when you serve the fish.

Prepare grill to medium heat.   Remove cedar plank from the water and rub a little bit of olive oil on the wood.  Place the fish on the wood, skin side down and  rub each piece of fish with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil then sprinkle lightly with the rub (you don’t want to overpower the fish).   Then place the cedar plank directly on the grill and for 10-15 minutes or until fish is just cooked through (will flake).

Use a large spatula and remove the fish from the cedar plank & leave the plank on the grill to cool before handling.

Serve the salmon with the sweet balsamic drizzle on the side.

If you’d like to do a larger piece of fish it will take a little extra time just watch carefully so as not to overcook (timing all really depends on the heat of your grill, and thickness of your salmon).

(It’s normal for it to get a little smokey & actually adds some great flavor to the fish).

(PS- this rub & sauce also pairs deliciously with a pork chop or tenderloin!)


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