CHOCXO chocolate in Irvine
Beginning at Member Kim Dominguez' 'Kimseum'
ending at Knowlwood Burgers in Old Town Irvine
April 21st 2018 we made a trip to Chocxo Chocolate in Irvine
suggested by our member Chris Di Tommaso.
Metters in attendance
were Chris Di Tommaso, Kim Dominguez and friend Diane, Dave Heller, Paul VanWig, Tony&Jackie Bilotti, Bridget&Mark
Mills, Marcy&Randy Hetrick. We were joined by new member Mark Weitzman with his Wife and Daughter. We also got to meet
Doug and Doreen that saw the outing on our website and came to see what we were all about. We expect to be adding them to
the 'Member List' soon!
They make all natural chocolate products
here at Chocxo (pronounced 'choczo') and the motto is 'From Bean to Bar'. They have a delicious selection of chocolate treats
and a tour of the workings of the place.
We all Met at member Kim
Dominguez' house for a tour of what she calls 'The Kimseum'.
has got things around her place that are impossible to list here. You have to see it for yourself and even then you probably
won't see it all the first time but you will be amazed!
and Chocxo we went to Old Town Irvine for lunch at Knowlwood inside what was originally the Irvine Blacksmith Shop and a look
at the hotel inside what was the Irvine Bean & Grain storage silos. The day was beautiful and all the stops were very
entertaining and interesting. Another unbeatable day with the Mets!
Kims' marquis welcoming us!
Support for Kims' TV
Some of Kims' wonderful stuff!
More of Kims' wonderful stuff!!
On the kitchen wall
even more Very Cool!!!
The Lion in the Loft and the clock works!
Diane standing in the 'Elevator Door' to the kitchen
Another room full of goodies in the 'Kimseum'!
The front of Chocxo
They gave away some of these when they first opened
Good for a free tour
The chocolate making process on the walls
Through the widows is the chocolate being made.
Chocolate making kitchen
More chocolate making through another window
Lunch at Knowlwood inside the old Irvine
Inside thr blacksmith shop
Us lined up outside the old grain storage warehouse
Looking west towards the hotel
The hotel looking east,,now
The hotel looking east,,then
Standing in a grain silo looking at doors to hotel rooms in other
Cruise through Floral Park in Santa Ana to
Bowers Museum and lunch at
Satuday April 7th we took a cruise through upscale Floral Park in Santa Ana. There
are beautiful older houses in this area of Santa Ana. We stopped in front of a few houses for some pictures and residents
came from houses on both sides of the street taking pictures of our Mets while we took pictures of their houses.
From there we headed for 'Bowers Museum' in downtown Santa Ana. There are exhibits
in the museum highlighting the first Californians, Missions and Ranchos, Art of the Pacific Islands
and much more.
There is a exhibit for a limited time of the life
of John F. Kennedy. After the museum we drove down Main Street to Original Mikes for a terrific lunch.
Houses in Floral Park
This was in front of one of the nice houses
Us in the Bowers Museum parking lot
the Museum entrance
An old Brandy Still
Another great ceiling
Cute Girls (Jackie & Marcia) outsie the Museum
Parked at Original Mikes
Jackie heading in
Dave Heller with the Pillsbury Dough Boys Dad
From left, Ken Conner, Jackie Bilotti, Marcia Jones, Dave Heller, Chris
Mike Dahlberg looking at the menu next to Chris, Mona
with Ronnie Bauman and Cindy Harris
Tony Bilotti behind the camera
Cindy showing where we are
the Richard Nixon library and birthplace
Saturday February 17th we made a trip to the Richard M. Nixon library and birthplace in Yorba Linda California. It's
the place to learn about the life and legacy of U.S. President Richard Nixon. The house he was born in is right where it's
always been and they built the library and museum around it.
place is very nice with something to see and learn around every corner and there are lots of corners.
After seeing the museum and the house Nixon was born in we went to Polly's Pies
in Yorba Linda for a terrific lunch.
Lighting up the streets on
Somewhere over the rainbow
Sky's are Blue : )
The gang going in
The Oval Office
The presidential office in the air. We couldn't take pictures inside.
The house Nixon was born in
The living room
Sad, but I guess what goes up must come down
Metters and friends