One of our biggest dreams was to someday attend an awards show, and thanks to Post’s Honey Bunches of Oats, we got to fulfill it by going to the People’s Choice Awards. You can imagine our reaction to receiving the invitation. PJ Gach of Betty Confidential would also be a guest on the trip along with the awesome reps of the cereal brand. You didn’t have to tell us twice as we started immediately creating a mental packing list.
During the early morning flight from the Big Apple to the Sunshine State, we munched on some Honey Bunches of Oats with Cinnamon Bunches. We were given a guided tour of Southern California by our driver on the way to the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live located next to the Nokia Theater. One of the reps of Honey Bunches of Oats greeted us in the lobby and all of us went to lunch at the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grille where we had truffled potato chips and ricotta gnocchi with Italian sausage bolognese before we started snooping around the red carpet. Though we were early for all the action, we spotted seat fillers dressed to the nines milling about the venue.
We were then quickly whisked away to the Ritz-Carlton Spa for a Hollywood makeover. With voluminous waves and dramatic smoky eyes, we were set to stun. As we made our way inside the theater, we were in shock over where our seats were– only ten rows away from the stage! Honey Bunches of Oats sponsored the “Favorite New TV Comedy” and “Favorite New TV Drama” category through its Honey Bunches of Votes campaign. The brand had sweepstakes winners attend the event and even pulled some fans from the red carpet with tickets for the show! We couldn’t help but give everyone the play-by-play on Twitter after each award and performance. We spotted Gene Simmons’ family arriving after Demi Lovato’s performance of “Give Your Heart a Break” and leaving before the show ended while Busy Phillips chatted with Carrie Preston in the aisles. Ian Somerhalder mingled with rotating seat fillers during all of the commercial breaks. Maya Rudolph took time to snap a few photos with some young fans before Bridesmaids won “Favorite Comedy Movie.”
After the last bit of confetti was picked out of our hair, we headed back to PJ’s room to relax before dinner. We first ordered a tea service with bowls, milk and spoons for our pre-dinner snack: Honey Bunches of Oats Peach and Raspberry Fruit Blend cereal. Dinner reservations were made at Katsuya, which was only a small walk from the hotel where we sipped sake, sampled the sushi and sashimi and kept an eye out for any stars.
We awoke the next day wondering if the night before had all been a dream. During breakfast, PJ noted that the trip felt like camp – bonding for such a small time only to go our separate ways. My one night in L.A. with Honey Bunches of Oats was one I’ll never forget; and after snacking on that peach and raspberry cereal, we now have a new go-to snack we’ll be sharing with everyone…as long as I can still grab a handful before the box is empty.