Cartoon Art Museum & Banana Smoothie Recipe

We recently visited the Cartoon Art Museum. I figured since Mark Jacinto has been displaying an interest in drawings and comics that he would find this place interesting. We had a good time there but in hindsight, it's probably works better for older kids. Mark Jacinto loved the short animation films. One that stuck to my memory was the one with a green alien singing Gloria Gaynor's "I will survive". It was pretty hilarious. Dominika was running around going from one side of the museum to the other. She wanted to see it all and kept saying "mami, mami" while pointing at the different drawing/artwork.

Our favorite part of the visit was going to their bookstore/gift shop. They have a pretty eclectic selection for adults interested in anime and other cartoons as well as interesting children's books. There was one book in particular that struck a chord, Jane Goodall's life story translated into a children's book called: Me...Jane. So cute!. It's pretty cool when children have an interest, keep feeding it and have the courage to pursue it as an adult. She was always into monkeys and nature. We ended up getting a Cinderella Story book, though. Most recently, our family saw the Cinderella movie that was just released in theaters, and we absolutely loved it!

I love this art/sculpture at the museum's entrance.

short films.

She didn't want to leave;-)

Cutest giftshop.

Museum's bookstore.

Love their kid's book selection.

This book captivated me. Her story is amazing.

Once we got home the kids wanted a snack. When I was little we had a banana smoothie a least three times a week. Its was one of my favorite drinks and it is so simple to make! Just 4 ingredients e voilá. What makes this smoothie special is adding pure vanilla essence to it. This one ingredient makes the whole difference in the world. The better the quality of the ingredients, the better it will taste.


  • 2 bananas
  • 3 cups of cow's milk or rice/coconut milk are best
  • 1 or 2 tsp pure vanilla essence (depending of how much vanilla you like)
  • 1 tbs of brown sugar or a drizzle of honey

Mise en place.


Ready to drink.


It's a nice little treat at any time. My husband and kids love it.