The 2017 California Strawberry Festival is the perfect summer kickoff! Located at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard, this “berrilicious” event has expanded by 50% this year and now covers 15 acres. Fairgoers can now enjoy over 50 food booths, live concerts, 200+ arts & crafts exhibitors, and cooking demonstrations as well as a Strawberryland for Kids with rides and attractions. The Strawberryland Kids Theatre presented by Wells Fargo hosts live shows throughout the day. Be sure to enter the “Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest” if you have children under the age of 4 years old for prizes. Proceeds to the event will benefit Southland charities. All the non-profit food booths receive 100 percent of their sales proceeds. This 34th annual festival is on Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st this year!
MIGUEL’S JR. is opening their 16th location in Redlands, California this week in the Mount Grove Shopping Center. I got a sneak peek of their new 3,000 square foot establishment and it is quite modern and nice. It is in a great location and the staff members are eager to serve the Redlands community with a tasty menu with family recipes. It might make a great stop for savory breakfast burritos on the way to Big Bear or a quick dinner coming back. It is also down the street from Splash Kingdom Waterpark, and since it’s in a shopping center, here’s another option for a quick bite to eat.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting its 8th annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. Learn more about our Pacific waters off Southern California and the diverse group of animals that live among the coast. Festivities will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more.
We stopped in recently to try out some of Stonefire Grill’s latest offerings. It was casual family-friendly dining but they also have catering and takeout so you”ll want to call ahead if you want to save time. They have options that will satisfy the whole family like pizza, ribs, tri tip, sandwiches, pasta, soups and salads. I like that you can buy a whole chicken or family sized portions as well as get it in petite sizes if you are not super hungry. Our favorites are the lemon chicken or salmon, bbq tri tip, baked rigatoni with meat sauce (my kids love it). Did you know that there is a STIMULUS PACKAGE on their secret menu? It is a pretty good value. For Dine In or Takeout, you can select half tri tip or whole chicken, a small salad, 12″ two topping pizza, and 8 yummy breadsticks for $29.99. It was a lot of food for a small family of 4.
As we’re heading into the final four weekend of the NCAA March Madness, let’s talk about game time snacks that will save you time in the kitchen and give you more time watching the game. FOSTER FARMS have a ton of options like Honey Crunchy Corn Dogs, Cheese & Jalapeno Corn Dogs, Honey BBQ Wings, Buffalo Bites, Popcorn Chicken, Orange Chicken, Crispy Strips, Breast Nuggets, Hot & Spicy Wings, Chicken Breast Patties, Buffalo Hot Wings and more that only take about 20 minutes to heat up! (Hint: They also have Crispy Strips that is a 100% all natural with no antibiotics). I received complimentary sample products to try, and now I have them stocked in the freezer so they are always ready to go!
The hit musical movie, SING, is arriving on Special Edition on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on Tuesday, March 21, 2017! As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider, I received a Blu-ray copy to view, and one to give away to one LET’S PLAY OC! reader! SING is about unlikely friends who work together to save an old theater from shutting down. The movie starts out with live auditions for a singing competition, and it receives an overwhelming response, because of the grand prize money. Each of the characters have their own challenges in their own personal life holding them back from being discovered. I really enjoyed seeing this movie in theaters over the holidays with my family. Here’s more information about the movie…
Princess Poppy from DreamWorks Trolls loves to scrapbook and so do we! To celebrate the release of the film to Blu-ray/DVD, we spent the weekend creating Trolls-inspired Hug Time clocks. I’m showing you just how easy they are to make in this tutorial. Plus one lucky reader will win a copy of the film!
Here’s a sweet deal – MARIE CALLENDER’S is running their annual Whole Pie-To Go Sale now through February 28, 2017. Guests can choose from more than 30 varieties of Marie Callender’s pies for only $8.49 (plus tin)! Choose from classics, cream pies, and favorites. Some exclusions may apply. Here is a sample of what the sale includes…