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 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

LUNCH! Food Truck Fare

My visiting sister-in-law’s husband is a huge fan of Food Network’s: The Great Food Truck Race Show so when I got their detailed itinerary, I saw that they wanted to visit gourmet Food Trucks. She mentioned there was one in Yorba Linda, but there are quite a few in Orange County. I remembered OC Fairgrounds have them. What I found out is that there is a following and soon enough you will start to recognize them all over town and develop a favorite. These trucks travel! Here are some of our favorite items we got to try. Food Truck Fare OC FAIR88 Fair Drive (Enter at Gate 4 off Arlington)Costa Mesa, CAWednesdays 5:30-9:00 … READ MORE