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.

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 >>

Habit Burger Grill Updates + Giveaway!

The Habit Burger, known for its award-winning Charburger, features 100% fresh, never frozen ground beef grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and mayo served on a toasted bun. Their restaurants have been serving burgers this way since the first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 250 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as four international locations. New Italian Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich! For a limited time, The Habit Burger Grill is offering a new chargrilled Italian Chicken … READ MORE >>

Yogurtland Swirls Up New Boysenberry Pie Flavor + Giveaway!

In anticipation of the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm, Yogurtland has teamed up with Knott’s to give fans a delicious froyo experience inspired by Knott’s most popular dessert, the boysenberry pie! Yes, please! The new Yogurtland flavor, Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Pie frozen yogurtarrives in stores on March 18th a couple of weeks before the annual Boysenberry Festival (March 29 – April 28, 2019) . “Each spoonful is bursting with the jammy richness and sweet and tart taste of fresh boysenberries followed by hints of a butter sweet pie crust. Inspired by the world-class award-winning pies, it’s creamy and delicious, and no doubt Mrs. Knott herself would approve. For … READ MORE >>

Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival Food Guide

If you’re a big fan of all things Boysenberry (the legendary fruit that’s a cross between a loganberry, raspberry, and blackberry), you’ll want to join the celebration at Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival! The fruit is named after its originator Rudolf Boysen, and the Knott family was the first to successfully harvest and sell the boysenberry on the land that is now known as Knott’s Berry Farm. It’s the perfect place to celebrate. This year’s Boysenberry Festival starts March 29, operating daily through April 28, 2019. For 31 days, everyone can indulge in yummy eats and stay to play with live entertainment. (Additional cost for tastings). There is something for … READ MORE >>