Archives for March 18, 2016

Islands Restaurants Makes a Splash with New Topanga Location Bringing signature burgers, tropical drinks and good vibes to the San Fernando Valley

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Known for specialty burgers, fresh-cut fries and ice-cold drinks, Islands Restaurants has brought its beach-inspired atmosphere to a new location in Los Angeles County. Located at 6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, the region’s newest Islands opened January 6, 2016.
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Debuting at Westfield Topanga – the region’s premiere shopping, dining and entertainment destination – the new restaurant location is the perfect spot for a post-shopping meal or drinks after an event. Architecturally, the new Islands location boasts an open and airy feel with fantastic big screen TVs visible from anywhere in the restaurant, ideal for cheering on sports teams or catching the latest surf videos.
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 “We are proud to bring a new Islands to the region,” said Michael Smith, president of Islands Restaurants. “Since opening our first location in Los Angeles more than 33 years ago, the San Fernando Valley has been very supportive. We currently have 9 locations in The Valley region and can’t think of a better new location than the Westfield Topanga center. We look forward to being a partner in the community and offering guests a neighborhood place to enjoy a great meal with family and friends.”
The Islands menu features delicious burgers such as the classic Big Wave or the Hawaiian topped with fresh grilled pineapple, teriyaki sauce and Swiss cheese; a variety of flavorful beach tacos and fresh salads; and its famed Island Fries – fresh-cut daily and cooked to crispy perfection. Guests can choose from a wide array of ice-cold beverages: local craft beers in frosty mugs or one of Islands’ signature tropical cocktails, including the Mai Tai or the Big Island Iced Tea with vodka, gin, tequila, rum, triple sec, pineapple juice and strawberry purée.
Guests can also visit Islands for happy hour each weeknight from 4 to 7 p.m. in the bar to enjoy discounted offerings including Beachside Sliders, Cheddar Fries, beer, wine and tropical cocktails.
Islands at Westfield Topanga is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  For more information, please visit www.islandsrestaurants.com or call 747-600-2009.
I recently had the opportunity to visit this new location this week and was quite impressed! As you know, I am already a big fan of Islands Restaurants but I was slightly in awe of this new location! It’s beautiful and as usual, the customer service is beyond amazing! I really do think that employees at Islands Restaurants must go through special training. More than likely, they just hire the best people! 
The food is great! This time I tried the Hawaiian and loved it! I like that there is such a variety of options. But, what I  really love is that this is a real family restaurant and of course, I just love the beachy atmosphere and theme!
This is the place to eat this Spring Break and any other time of the year!
Follow Islands on Twitter and Instagram @IslandsBurgers and like Islands at www.facebook.com/IslandsRestaurants.
Here are some current happenings at Islands Restaurants:
  • March Madness: Starting March 14, locals can cheer on their favorite college team and enjoy craft beers, tropical cocktails and cheap eats throughout the NCAA Tournament. Through April 2, fans can also try the recently added Nalu Nalu Dog topped with roasted garlic aioli, sautéed onion, red and green bell peppers and melted swiss cheese, or the Pipeline Dog with chili, onions and American Cheese paired with a 16 oz. Coors Light  for $8.99 in the bar area. Islands will host it’s regular happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring sliders, cheddar fries and tropical drinks.
  • Sriracha Smack: Featuring a Sriracha cream cheese, Pepper Jack cheese, crisp bacon and a Sriracha glaze, this limited time burger will bring a spicy kick to the Islands menu starting March 21.

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to visit this location. No other compensation was received and any opinions expressed are my own. Photo Credit: Islands Restaurants. 

More About Islands Restaurants
Founded in 1982, Islands is privately held and has managed controlled but steady growth, with a focus on providing the finest quality food and an outstanding guest experience. The company’s philosophy that eating out should not be complicated is reflected in the simple, fresh ingredients found in its signature burgers that are never frozen, daily fresh-cut fries and the best tropical drinks around – all served in a laid back, beach-inspired environment. The Carlsbad-based company operates 55 restaurants throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. For more information visit www.islandsrestaurants.com.

Easter Gift Suggestion! A Personalized Book for Young Children! This is a great gift from i See Me! My Snuggle Bunny Gift Set!

I See Me - Easter Snuggle Bunny Book & Plush

Looking for a really cute and personalized gift for young children this Easter? The My Snuggle Bunny Gift Set is a wonderful idea! The Snuggle Bunny is simply adorable and the book is delightful! The main character is the Snuggle Bunny and the story tells 10 ways that it loves your child. Now, how sweet is that?!

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This Snuggle Bunny is too cute!

To find out more and to purchase, visit iseeme.com.

They also have more personalized books that your child will love!

 

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Top Photo Credit: i See Me! Bottom Photo: SoCal City Kids.

Curious George and Buddy the Dinosaur Visit LA Zoo PBS SOCAL KIDS WEEKEND AT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO FEATURES MEET-AND-GREET WITH BUDDY THE DINOSAUR AND CURIOUS GEORGE, PLUS READINGS, CRAFTS AND OTHER FAMILY FUN Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10, 2016 10 am to 4 pm Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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Buddy the Dinosaur

PHOTO CREDIT: TM and © The Jim Henson Company, All Rights Reserved.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens hosts PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend at the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday April 10, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm.  The event fills the Zoo’s Eucalyptus Grove with a variety of engaging fun for families with book readings, themed crafts, activities and a kids’ dance party.  Guest also enjoy a special opportunity to take photos with PBS KIDS characters Curious George and Buddy the Dinosaur from Dinosaur Train.  Curious George is available for photos between 10 am and 1 pm, and Buddy is available between 1 pm and 4 pm.  PBS SoCal KIDS Weekend is free with paid admission to the L.A. Zoo.

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Photo:  Curious George. PHOTO CREDIT: courtesy of PBS SoCal KIDS.

Other weekend activities at the L.A. Zoo include close-up “Animals & You” encounters at 10:45 am, 11 am, and 12:45 pm, and shows and presentations such as the ELEPHANTS OF ASIA training demonstration at 11 am; the popular WORLD OF BIRDS SHOW at 11:30 am; a HAWK TRAINING DEMONSTRATION at2 pm; a MARSUPIAL TALK at 11:30 am (Sunday only); and more.  The schedule, subject to weather and other changes, is available at the Zoo entrance and online at www.LAZoo.org.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.75 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo; one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world; a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants; and much more.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

About PBS SoCal
PBS SoCal is the flagship PBS station for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, dedicated to fostering a love of learning, culture and community using the power of public media. We deliver the full schedule of high-quality PBS programs, plus content that is for, about and by the people of Southern California. We make our content available for free through three broadcast channels – PBS SoCal/KOCE-HD, PBS SoCal Plus and PBS SoCal World – and online at pbssocal.org.  And we reach deep into the community through partnerships, events and grassroots outreach, providing early education resources and access to a broad array of arts and culture experiences. PBS SoCal has offices in Downtown LA, Century City and Costa Mesa. Learn more atpbssocal.org and follow PBS SoCal on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Programming subject to change.

All activities are free with paid Zoo admission, which is $20 for general admission (ages 13 to 61), $17 for seniors (ages 62+), and $15 for children (ages 2 to 12).  No ticket is required for children under 2.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit www.lazoo.org

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.