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.

Ensaladas at Del Taco!

There are three new handcrafted salads at Del Taco, and we got to try them! These made to order salads are priced at $5.49 and under 600 calories! Each has made from scratch pico de gallo, hand sliced avocado, and comes with cilantro pepita ranch dressing. Learn all about them below and enter for a chance to win a gift card below! New Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad! Featuring grilled marinated chicken, sliced Hass avocado, hand-chopped bacon, handmade pico de gallo salsa, chopped cilantro, and house-made tortilla chips served with romaine & iceberg lettuce and their new cilantro pepita ranch dressing. Only 590 calories! New Signature Taco Salad! Includes seasoned beef, chopped … READ MORE

Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge Themed Menu featuring Phantom of the Opera

My husband and I attended media preview night for The Phantom of the Opera which is now performing at Segerstrom Center for the Arts until August 16th. We were in for a night full of beautiful singing. I was delighted the moment they lit up that chandelier. Chris Mann (The Phantom), Katie Travis (Christine), Storm Lineberger (Raoul), and Jacquelynne Fontaine (Carlotta) delivers a powerful performance to a timeless classic. My favorite scene was when The Phantom takes Christine across the foggy lake as they sang their theme song, The Phantom of the Opera. I also loved their performance to All I Ask of You and Wishing You Were Somehow Here … READ MORE

Del Taco Turkey Tacos Now with Jennie-O Turkey

Del Taco, the first Mexican quick service restaurant to offer lean seasoned ground turkey as a protein option, is now serving JENNIE-O’s lean seasoned ground turkey recipe for all their turkey menu items. With only 150 calories each, their turkey tacos have 33% less fat than Del Taco’s seasoned beef. So now when you’re on the go, you can enjoy JENNIE-O turkey at Del Taco. Turkey Taco (crunchy or soft), Turkey Combo Burrito, Deluxe Turkey Taco Salad, and Turkey Crunch Tada Tostada. Del Taco restaurants prepare many of their ingredients fresh daily including: Cheddar cheese freshly-grated daily from 40-pound blocks. Lard-free beans, slow-cooked from scratch every three hours. Handmade pico … READ MORE

How to Order at Chronic Tacos

Last night, the family and I stopped at CHRONIC TACOS at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach for dinner. The best way I know how to explain Chronic Tacos is… it’s like a Subways but for Tacos. The menu is pretty simple, but can be a little intimidating if it’s your first time and especially if there’s a line behind you. There are a few things you must know when you’re in line: Do you want a taco, burrito, salad, nachos, torta (sandwich), or quesadilla? Then you must decide what kind of protein – carne asada (marinated steak), pollo (chicken), carnitas (pork), fish, shrimp, or vegetarian? Moving down the line, they … READ MORE

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in BuenaPark

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour opens a new location in Buena Park! At Farrell’s, it’s all about the “Stache”. Mustaches and ice cream? How can we say, No? For Starters, my friend and I ordered this Old Fashioned Onion “Hill” (not Mountain). When it came out we thought they made a mistake, because we asked for the small version and got this NOT so small “Hill”. My Swiss Turkey Focaccia came with roasted turkey breast, avocado, Swiss cheese, and pesto. Did we save room for Dessert?? Oh yes we did for this Oreo Bliss and Farrell’s Classic Sundae. That’s not all. Someone ordered The World Famous Farrell’s Zoo which comes with (4) ice … READ MORE

New Nekter Juice Bar Opens at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach

We checked out the new Nekter Juice Bar in Huntington Beach Bella Terra. Listening to everyone’s enthusiasm in line about the fresh fruit and vegetables, I really wanted to try something healthy too. Did you know they offer a cleanse? You can choose between Classic, Advanced, and Premium as well as a one-day, two-day, three-day or five-day cleanse. Grab’ N Go Selections – These are perfect if you want to stock up for the week or get some for the road. Four of their most popular Grab ‘N Go‘s are their Green Energy (my favorite!), Strawberry Skinny for a Boost, Vanilla Protein, and their Ginger Skinny for Immunity. I also … READ MORE

DINING: Wood Ranch Irvine Spectrum

Not too long ago, we were invited to a menu tasting at Wood Ranch located at the Irvine Spectrum for a Mom’s Night Out. A night out with the ladies and BBQ? Of course, I said, YES!! Prepare to DROOL… I know you want to hear more about the menu, so let’s jump right in. Appetizers Good thing we all came hungry because it was a lot of food! First things that came out were their Half & Half shredded onions and sweet potato fries, Mini–Pork Sliders, and Tuscan Kale Salad which had watermelon radishes, tri-color cauliflower, carrots, toasted pumpkin seeds, shaved parmesan, and balsamic. They were all in good … READ MORE

Dominique’s Kitchen Redondo Beach

We were invited to have a family dinner at Dominique’s Kitchen, a Euro-French restaurant. It wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it would be. About a week ago, we ventured out of OC to Redondo Beach. I was a little nervous, because my young kids are wild, but I was reassured that families are welcomed. My first reactions were this place is really trendy and nice inside. (Also, hope my kids don’t break anything). We received a warm greeting from Liza, the owner/Hostess, and she was seen walking around making sure guests were comfortable. She came to our table at least three to five times throughout the evening and was … READ MORE