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.

California Pizza Kitchen: 7 Things to Try #NewCPK

Most recently we went in to taste the new menu at California Pizza Kitchen also known as CPK. Best known for their original BBQ Chicken Pizza and BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad, we were happy to see that some of our favorites are still being offered such as their Sicilian Pizza and their Chicken Tequila Fettuccine. My kids love their curly mac n’ cheese with a side of edamame. If they finish their meal, I usually reward them with a kid’s sundae for $0.99. Here are seven things to try at new CPK! (Some new and non-new items).   DRINKS: Seasonal SPARKLING SUNSET SANGRIA is a mashup of merlot and rose. … READ MORE

Foster Farms Bowl – Feed Your Fandom Savings Coupons + Giveaway!

College football bowl season is here and starting December 16th through the early part of January, you’ll be able to “Feed Your Fandom” with the help of Foster Farms while watching the games. There is an exciting matchup between the Pac-12 and the Big Ten airing on Fox Sports on December 27th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and Foster Farms want to help by providing coupons so you can stock up!  I like to prepare quick and easy bites that don’t require a lot of preparation so before Game Day, I picked up some Foster Farms products from my local grocery store. There are lots of varieties to choose from in both fresh and … READ MORE

Marie Callender’s Holiday Feasts Are Back!

I love the holidays but it’s always so stressful and so much pressure to get it all done. Thank goodness I’m not hosting Christmas dinner this year, but I saw that Marie Callender’s is offering a great option for those that could use the help. Why slave in the kitchen all day if you don’t need to? There are SIX Holiday Feasts complete with all the trimmings and sides plus a Marie Callender’s signature Pumpkin or Apple Pie! The Holiday Feasts serve between four-eight people, and are conveniently packed and ready to go. All you need to do is reheat for three hours, serve and enjoy – it’s that easy! They are … READ MORE

Knotts Berry Merry Farm

Entertainment Show Guide for Knott’s Merry Farm!

There is a lot to see and do this time of year in Southern California, and I love it! Knott’s Berry Farm has been transformed into Merry Farm spreading Christmas cheer for all to enjoy. The park is jam-packed with shows and holiday festivities including an ice skating show, daily Christmas classic performances like A Christmas Carol and The Gift of Magi, Christmas Carolers, a tree lighting ceremony, and “A PEANUTS Guide to Christmas”. You’ll also be able to shop the Christmas Crafts Village, visit with Santa, indulge on delicious treats. Certain times of the evening, it starts to “Snow and Glow” in Ghost Town. Everywhere you turn, there is … READ MORE

Disney California Adventure Festival of Holidays + Dining Guide 2017

Both parks at Disneyland Resort, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, have made it hard to decide which park to celebrate the season because they are both decked out for the season! (In this post, I will only focus on Disney California Adventure, because there is a lot to cover.) This year Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street features a 1920s-inspired holiday theme to emulate Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney first moved to California. You will notice that surrounding buildings as well as the 50-foot Christmas Tree features vintage-style ornaments and decorations. For the first time, two Cars Land attractions have been transformed for the holidays – Luigi’s Rollickin’ … READ MORE

List of Participating Restaurants for Taste of Laguna Beach 2017

My favorite foodie event of the year! Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce invites you to their signature event “Taste of Laguna” Presented by Nick’s and South of Nick’s on Thursday, October 19 from 5:30 PM to 9 PM. Don’t think that’s enough time to do it all? Upgrade to VIP and enjoy early entry, early reception, parking, and a special swag bag! Come hungry and enjoy a beautiful tasting of some of Laguna Beach’s best as well as preview some up and coming newcomers. (Hint: South of Nick’s, this year’s presenting sponsor, is opening a new location in Laguna Beach in early 2018.) You must be 21 or over to attend. Check out a list of participating restaurants below!

Fresh Brothers Delivery Saved Our Birthday Party + Pizza Giveaway!

October is National Pizza Month! It has been an eventful year since we became official homeowners, and I have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to throw a party in our clubhouse by the pool. My son’s birthday was around our one year anniversary so I jumped to the occasion. Planning has been stressful, because I waiting too long to purchase items for the theme (Shark Bite). They cleared the items from the shelves after Labor Day, and it was too late to order online to have them delivered without a rush fee. It was totally my fault, because I waited last minute. I eventually went back to the LEGO Theme which I have used before. The only item my son asked for was a LEGO Ninjago Movie Cake with Ninja Lloyd, and I found a local baker that was willing to do it for me. We couldn’t cook at the clubhouse so serving hot food was another issue. FRESH BROTHERS PIZZA delivery came to the rescue, and they made it easy for me. Not only did I not have to leave my party to pick up food nor burden someone else to do it, I didn’t have to worry about heating up food. It was a Win/Win.

Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival 2017

The Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, presented by Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin of Newport Beach, returns to the contemporary Newport Beach Civic Center on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. Kicking off on Friday, September 29th, it will include tastings from 40 top Orange County restaurants and their executive chefs, 250 varieties of world-class wine, spirits, and brews, celebrity chef cooking demos and dinners, Master Sommelier tasting panels, VIP events, live music, and a new “Havana Nights” after party.