Where to Eat

If you're looking for ideas where to take the family for lunch or dinner, here are some family-friendly places I have tried.

Mardi Gras Party Ideas + Easy King Cake Recipe from Scratch

You don’t have to live in New Orleans or wait for Mardi Gras season to enjoy a King Cake. My friend Caryn shared this recipe with me, and I have made it twice already. It tastes like a cinnamon roll, and I modified the icing to include cream cheese. My family and friends love it! Now that I found a recipe that I can easily replicate, I can make it year-round or whenever we want. It is definitely a crowd-pleaser. Some background information: I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but I did not grow up there. We still have family residing there so we visit often. One of my … READ MORE >>

Disney Lunar New Year Celebration Dining/Entertainment Guide

Written in collaboration with Disneyland. All opinions are my own. LUNAR NEW YEAR is one of the most celebrated holidays among Asian cultures. Each country will observe it slightly different, but they all commemorate with loved ones to wish each other good fortune and prosperity for the new year. I love that Disneyland Resort designates an area of Disney California Adventure Park for about three weeks (Jan. 17 through Feb. 9, 2020) so everyone who’s in the park can join in on the festivities with their family and friends. For Year of the Mouse this year, guests can experience Asian culture through carefully selected food, music, and entertainment. I love what Disneyland … READ MORE >>

Flavor Your Life with European Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Note: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post myhonest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links. ‘Tis the season for holiday parties and gathering of friends and loved ones! It’s a month-long celebration that brings so much joy, but could also bring out the worst in others. Personally, it is one of my most favorite times of the year, but managing the stress can be difficult if you procrastinate. Planning ahead and finding balance is key. As an experienced party host, I like to keep things as simple as possible which is why I absolutely love … READ MORE >>

Silva’s Fresh Eatery + Churrascaria in Santa Ana

Written in collaboration with Silva’s. All opinions are my own. If you like Brazilian BBQ but not the price, you will want to check out Silva’s Fresh Eatery & Churrascaria in Santa Ana (they’re down the street from South Coast Plaza). They also have kid-friendly options. What makes them different from the others is not only the cost, but the gourmet sides. They offer salads, whole grains, veggies, additional protein options, and desserts. Because it is AYCE, you can try them all. Instead of getting the protein tableside, you get them over the counter. Be sure to specify how you like your meat before they start carving (I prefer my … READ MORE >>

Breakfast Republic – New in Irvine!

Written in collaboration with Breakfast Republic. All opinions are my own. If you can do breakfast all day and every day, you’ll want to check out Breakfast Republic in Irvine. Bringing their breakfast favorites from San Diego, Breakfast Republic, added an eighth location. My friends and I are big brunch people, and they’re going to love it here. It’s also family-friendly. I like how innovative the menu items are. For example, they have a Breakfast Mac N Cheese. Yes, for breakfast! I’m starting to think you can eat anything for breakfast as long as you add an egg on it. It’s located next door to Trader Joe’s by the UC … READ MORE >>

OC Fair Deals and Discounts + What’s New for 2019!

The Orange County Fair is back for Acres of Fun! They will have 68 rides and 58 games offering fairgoes a ton of things to do. Ray Cammack Shows (RCS), the Fair’s carnival and midway provider, brought three new rides this year in addition to Titan. Ice Jet in the main carnival is a polar bobsledding adventure and Circus Train and Tea Cups are additions to Kidland. Get in FREE on opening day (Friday, July 12th) from noon to 3pm! There are many ways to save so be sure to check out the schedule and download the apps. Titan, the largest traveling booster ride in the U.S., makes their debut in … READ MORE >>

Pirates Dinner Adventure Has A New Show + Giveaway!

For the first time in 5 years, Pirates Dinner Adventure in Buena Park has an all new show! Along with a whole new interactive story line, guests will also notice a renovated theater, new characters, and new special effects. Up to 150 guests participate in this epic production making it the world’s most interactive dinner show. You’ll notice a stronger female presence and the addition of a live mermaid swimming through the waters that surround the ship. Buccaneers swoop from the rigging of a renovated 18th century Spanish galleon, battling each other with swords, knives, and fists. This new action-packed show is filled with adventure, love, magic, danger, and humor. … READ MORE >>

DINING: New WR Kitchen by Wood Ranch

WR Kitchen & Bar by Wood Ranch will open its first location in Laguna Niguel (The Center at Rancho Niguel, 28061 Greenfield Drive) on Monday, May 6th with a second location set for Fall 2019 in Carlsbad (The Square at Bressi Ranch, 2668 Gateway Road). Keeping their focus on serving delicious high quality food at an excellent value, this new energetic casually-upscale environment concept wants to get time-challenged guests in-and-out quickly or they can leisurely stay and dine. Featuring a wood-fired open kitchen, they will offer an a la carte menu for more options to customize portions and now with a wider price range to accommodate every budget.  How to … READ MORE >>