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.

Make It An Orange County Date Night Sweepstakes! #visitanaheim

This is a post written by me for VisitAnaheim.org. Summer Break is here! I am looking forward to no early alarm clocks, not packing school lunches, no pick up alarms, and no waiting in pick up lines. Aren’t you? We plan to have plenty of fun together this summer, and I cannot wait, but at some point, I’d like to have a Date Night too with just my hubby. Lucky for us there is plenty to see and do in Orange County. Imagine checking in at a local hotel for the night (The Best Western Plus Stovall’s Inn in Anaheim for example). Getting hungry? We both dress up for an … READ MORE >>

Dining Guide at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

If you’re wondering what kind of dining options are available at Great Wolf Lodge (GWL) Southern California, I’ve got the 411! Years ago, Great Wolf Lodge didn’t know much about food so they used to serve frozen burgers and fried food, but you’ll be happy to know they have come a long way from that, because GWL understands that about 25% of their hotel guests have food allergies, and it is important to them to use quality fresh locally-grown organic produce. For example, we tasted a few items during a special media preview presentation like a garden salad, mushroom risotto, and a gazpacho (cold vegetable soup). The dishes were so fresh … READ MORE >>

Waterfront Dining at Blue Water Grill Avalon

Imagine waterfront dining on your birthday overlooking beautiful Avalon Bay with a spectacular view of Catalina Casino all the while enjoying a delicious seafood dinner – that is what dining at Blue Water Grill Avalon was like. It’s one of our favorite spots to dine on Catalina Island. While we waited, we are taking it all in. Is this a dream? The kids are searching for fish in the water, because we are literally on the water. It really doesn’t get any better than this. Calamari Fritti for starters served with a sweet chili dipping sauce and cajun remoulade. They are great to share! Followed by our entrees. Our favorite item on … READ MORE >>

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


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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 >>