No Sushi for You! :-(

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Sebastian and his pizza

As I suspected, we woke up early and well, I woke up even earlier as Mel tries to be slick by pulling her laptop under the covers (like I am not going to see the screen still!!! LOL).  We wander over to the registration area for our free breakfast which wasn't bad - Mel and Julz both made belgian waffles!  They had eggs, sausage, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, and danishes.  It was pretty good although we had a little problem finding a place for us to all sit initially. 

We hurried up and got ready, heading back down to Irvine for our sushi date and to do our post meet activities.  Julz, Angel, and I stopped by Angel's house to drop off the luggage and change cars and we were off.

Circle photo outside the restaurant!!
  Alice called me a couple times - she got there early but Jamie took a wrong turn.  Thinking he was right behind her, I was surprised to hear when she called 30 minutes later to say Jamie apparently just got there.  His wrong turn was more like the entire wrong direction on the freeway!! He was headed north on the 405 fwy towards Santa Monica instead of south towards San Diego!! LOL. 

Angel gets a call while we are parking from the restaurant, Maki Maki, indicating part of our group showed and then left.  They said they were going to give our table away.  Angel told them we were parking and would be in there in less than 5 minutes.  We all get there and get seated in the entirely empty restaurant (give our table to who???).

Julz and Jules
  Anyways, we get the menu and the waitress comes out to ask whether we are here for all-you-can-eat or just ordering off the menu.  We had several non-sushi eaters which is part of why we chose this restaurant since not everyone likes seafood.  They have other things on the menu.  The waitress proceeds to tell us that all 11 people have to order the same thing.  Excuse me, WTF?!?! Yes, either everyone has to order the special or off the menu.  We asked to speak to the manager who in essence relayed the same thing.  They are so concerned with people sharing - I have never heard of a place requiring everyone order the same thing.  I've done a lot of all you can eat sushi places and NEVER had this happen. There is one in Vegas that is always busy and would be completely easy to share there and even they don't care!  We said we'd even put the people not doing the all you can eat on a separate check, separate the tables a bit, or whatever and they said no.
Sebastian and his little pink dog
  When we said we were going to leave then, they didn't even try to stop us.  That was the worst customer service I've experienced!  No doubts that we will ALL be writing negative reviews.  Sadly, this is the place I went with Angel, Charles, and Kathryn months ago when I was down where we had the masquerade balls Angel and I have been so craving!  Dang them! 

So we headed out to the Yard House, where they could easily handle our party and we could choose whatever we wanted off the menu! LOL. I love the Yard House and used to hang out regularly at the one in Long Beach.  Next to my love for wine, I am quite the micro beer lover!  250 beers on tap is my kinda place!!! :D  I ordered the Ahi Steak sandwich, RARE, and one of my fave local beers, Lost Coast, Downtown Brown.

Julz and I as biker BABs!! LOL
  This is one I've had in our own kegerator at home and it's fantastic! 

We enjoyed lunch and great conversation, and it was time to head to Dave and Busters for a little fun! Should've known since Jamie plays video games all the time that he would be prepared with his own Dave and Busters card.  HA HA.  Upon entering the place, we spot the security guy who's name is Jules.  LOL!! Had to get a pic of our Julz with their Jules.  :-)  We played for a quite a while, including basketball, skeeball type horse racing, trivia games, regular skeeball and Tracy boxed, Julz and Jamie shot things (Jamie was a little intense with that gun...see the pics).  Although he couldn't figure out how to reload his gun andJulz had to help him.  And he's licensed to carry.

Julz and I as bunnies..whoo hoo
..hmmm.  LOL.  We raced cars, some people raced snowmobiles, and Julz and Sebastian braved the evil jumpin jackpot that they instantly lost!! HA HA. 

It was a great time and we used all our tickets to get Sebastian something to remember us all by.  He couldn't figure out what he wanted so we wandered around and made him take pics with all the pink things in the store to match his new shirt!! HAHA.  We ultimately decided on the Dave and Busters Bear and Angel said we could sign his shirt just like the TB shirt! LOL.  Yeah, we are goofs I know. 

We hurry out and scatter to head to the beach since we are now running behind schedule for our planned excursion of the boat rental on Newport Harbor...........

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Sebastian and his pizza
Sebastian and his pizza
Circle photo outside the restauran…
Circle photo outside the restaura…
Julz and Jules
Julz and Jules
Sebastian and his little pink dog
Sebastian and his little pink dog
Julz and I as biker BABs!! LOL
Julz and I as biker BABs!! LOL
Julz and I as bunnies..whoo hoo
Julz and I as bunnies..whoo hoo
The work that goes into getting 5 …
The work that goes into getting 5…
Look at our CW...all better the da…
Look at our CW...all better the d…
Doing what she does best.....Jilli…
Doing what she does best.....Jill…
Charles, Kathryn, and Sebastian
Charles, Kathryn, and Sebastian
Angel, Charles, and Kathryn
Angel, Charles, and Kathryn
Alice and Jamie
Alice and Jamie
HA HA HA HA
HA HA HA HA
Me and Julz
Me and Julz
Sheila!!!
Sheila!!!
Part of the Yard House bar
Part of the Yard House bar
Over here Mel...
Over here Mel...
Ok, now both of you look over here…
Ok, now both of you look over her…
Finally we all look at the camera!…
Finally we all look at the camera…
Julz and her beer sampler!
Julz and her beer sampler!
Julz with her beer and I see Angel…
Julz with her beer and I see Ange…
Tracys Macaroni and Cheese
Tracy's Macaroni and Cheese
Alices Tuna Poke
Alice's Tuna Poke
Jamies fish and chips
Jamie's fish and chips
My seared ahi sandwich
My seared ahi sandwich
Jamie and Sebastian
Jamie and Sebastian
Jamie reloading his D&B card!!
Jamie reloading his D&B card!!
Julz and Sheila
Julz and Sheila
Julz, Sheila, and me
Julz, Sheila, and me
Tracy getting ready to box
Tracy getting ready to box
Look at Tracy go!
Look at Tracy go!
Kick his behind Tracy!
Kick his behind Tracy!
Julz and Angel
Julz and Angel
Me and Julz
Me and Julz
Jamie trying to check out Mels fo…
Jamie trying to check out Mel's f…
Hey Jamie!
Hey Jamie!
Basketball!!!
Basketball!!!
Mel and Jamie shootin hoops
Mel and Jamie shootin hoops
Julz and Angel going at it on the …
Julz and Angel going at it on the…
Who won?!?!
Who won?!?!
The artic races
The artic races
Mels really into it!! LOL
Mel's really into it!! LOL
Whos in the lead here??
Who's in the lead here??
The big Bball game....Tracy and Ju…
The big Bball game....Tracy and J…
Like a kid in the candy shop
Like a kid in the candy shop
Julz and Jamie shootin things
Julz and Jamie shootin things
Look at how intense Jamie is...WOW
Look at how intense Jamie is...WOW
Julz and the evil jumping jackpot!…
Julz and the evil jumping jackpot…
Jump Julz Jump!
Jump Julz Jump!
Sebastians turn was over before i…
Sebastian's turn was over before …
Jamie shooting hoops
Jamie shooting hoops
Angel and Sebastian playing basket…
Angel and Sebastian playing baske…
Open your eyes Jamie!
Open your eyes Jamie!
We finally got Alice to play!! Who…
We finally got Alice to play!! Wh…
Awwwww, how cute!
Awwwww, how cute!
...and his little pink cat!
...and his little pink cat!
Happy early Birthday Julz!! :D
Happy early Birthday Julz!! :D
Yeah..on our way to Newport now!
Yeah..on our way to Newport now!
Our awesome navigator!
Our awesome navigator!
Pilot and co-pilot!! :D
Pilot and co-pilot!! :D
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