Books and Batteries

Today is my little brother, Matt’s birthday! Happy Birthday Matt!IMG_5135

This afternoon I went to Borders to get him a book for his 10th birthday Smile I picked up an iced coffee to help slow down my afternoon snackage and give me a boost.


But, when I got back to my car it wouldn’t start!!! Boo. Sad smile I called AAA for help (as opposed to calling AA for help since disasters like this drive me to drink).

Then, I went back inside to peruse the aisles of my fave book store. And I ended up walking out with 2 new running books! Oops. That dead battery really cost me $$$


Once I was back on the road I had to head straight for Ben’s work so we could meet my family at Rainforest Café in Downtown Disney.


Ben, Matt, my Mom and Dad Smile 


Michael, my other brother and Heather his GF Smile 


Me, and that guy I live with


The kids menu looked super cute and had a mention of Health and Fitness on the cover. Very cool. Sure, the kids menu still had the usual crappy kids fare, it is a step in the right direction.


I started with a salad and had a few bites of Ben’s tomato basil soup. If you come here get that soup! It was delicious – super creamy and had shavings of sharp cheese you could taste in every bite.


Sometimes you spot something on the menu and just know that is what you have to get. Tonight was one of those times. I have been craving a good veggie burger from a restaurant (not those so-so frozen ones I eat all the time). When I spotted the “Rainforest Natural Burger” I knew I had to get it.

Garbanzo beans? Yes please.IMG_5113

It came slathered with guacamole too!


It still needed salt, pepper and ketchup, but once I seasoned it a bit this veggie burger was delicious.


Flash pictures are never flattering, but I think it’s a better representation of the plate.


I had a few pieces of coconut shrimp and a piece of fish donated from my dining patrons.IMG_5122

Since it is Matt’s birthday we ordered the Volcano Lava Cake!


He was very excited about it and wanted to eat it all himself!


It is a rich combination of chocolate cake and brownie served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. IMG_5136

We all shared it of course. I had a piece with some ice cream and have to admit it is very very good! This is the perfect combination of cake-y, fudgy brownie goodness, served warm. I wanted more after I finished my piece, I’m lucky we were sharing.


We checked out the Christmas tree at Downtown Disney after we were done with dinner and Ben photo bombed me like 3 times. So, I gave up and this is the picture.


See ya later!


  1. says

    Yay! Happy Birthday to Matt! Just curious (and nosy), was it the battery of your new car? At least you’re in SoCal so you didn’t have to be stranded in horrible weather, although it was a little cloudy in the OC today 😉

  2. says

    this is amazing. my friend worked at a rainforest cafe but i never knew the food there was actually decent.

    i also laughed quite a bit with this AA joke you threw in there. :) xo

  3. says

    Happy Birthday to your lil bro! What a cutie! :) That dinner looks great! We don’t have a Rainforest around us but for the few times I’ve been, I’ve always enjoyed myself.

  4. Sahar says

    Your brother is adorable! Happy birthday to him – turning 10 is a big deal :)
    Now I have a craving for a giant veggie burger w/ guac…

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