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.

New Nekter Juice Bar Opens at South Coast Plaza

On March 18th, Nekter Juice Bar at South Coast Plaza officially opened and we were there for a sneak preview! The store vibe was inviting and decorated with inspirational messages to promote living well. Some fresh juices we sampled were The Buzz, The Greenie, and Toxin Flush as well as Pitaya Superfood and Acai Banana Berry from the Bowl Bar. From the Bowl Bar, we had a choice between the Pitaya Superfood and Acai Banana Berry base. Toppings available were hempseed granola, blueberries, strawberries, gluten-free granola, bananas, raw coconut flakes, chia seeds, and agave nectar. What a delicious brunch! Nekter Juice Bar‘s new South Coast Plaza location is located on … READ MORE

Daily Grill’s Simply 600 Menu

If you are on a low calorie diet, Daily Grill in Southern California have Simply 600 dishes for both lunch and dinner. Their items are less than 600 calories, all natural, locally inspired, and made from scratch daily. We went in for a tasting and tried their Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad. It was lightly dressed served with seared ahi tuna, very tasty, and a great healthy lunch option.  The other items I tried were their Chicken Marsala and their Grilled Trout. All three items were very filling for lunch and lightly seasoned. They’re also available on the dinner menu too. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to settle for less quality or taste. … READ MORE

Yalla Medi Seal Beach Menu Review

If you love Mediterranean food without the long wait, Yalla Medi in Seal Beach has build-your-own pita wraps, skewers, salads, and a selection of fresh Mediterranean side dishes and sauces. Here’s a Yalla Plate that I sampled with two different proteins: house-made Falafel and Steak Skewers. It comes with Basmati rice, mixed greens, and three sides. Salads If you prefer a healthy salad, you can select from Power Greens with kale, balsamic apricots, toasted almonds, feta cheese, and lemon vinaigrette OR Fattoush with romaine, cabbage, radish, tomato, cucumber, garbanzo beans, olives, red onion, pita chips, and vinaigrette. I ordered my Power Greens with Salmon. How to Order: Here’s how to order … READ MORE

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 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

My husband and I attended a performance of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA when they were performing at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. At the time, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge offered theme menus in collaboration with the featured theater performances. It had been a while since my husband and I had a date night since the kids so having dinner with a theater performance was a real treat. We were about to enjoy a delicious dinner and a night of beautiful singing.     Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge I’m not sure if they do it anymore, but if you ever want to make your theater night extra special, check Leatherby’s for their featured … 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