Archives for August 25, 2017

Rubio’s® Brings Sustainable Wild Alaskan Halibut to Fast Casual Available in New Two Taco Plate, Burrito and Bowl

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 Rubio’s® Restaurants, the brand known for its uniquely delicious coastal cuisine and popularizing the fish taco, has announced the addition of sustainable Wild Alaskan Halibut to its sizable selection of coastal cuisine. Rubio’s is the first fast casual restaurant chain of its size to offer this premium fish. Since Wednesday, August 2, guests are invited to try the Wild Alaskan Halibut Two Taco Plate, Burrito and Bowl in restaurants for a limited time.

I recently tried the bowl and it is delicious! And, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of halibut but this bowl was absolutely tasty!

Developed by Co-Founder Ralph Rubio and the culinary team, the new entrees feature a delicious blend of flavors with quality ingredients. Rubio’s Wild Alaskan Halibut Two Taco Plate includes sustainable Wild Alaskan Halibut, seasoned in olive oil and garlic, grilled on an authentic Comal, and served on a stone-ground corn tortilla. It is then topped with a new corn salsa made with red bell peppers, lime and agave, as well as creamy Hass avocados, crisp cabbage and Rubio’s chipotle white sauce. The Two Taco plate is also served with a side of “no-fried” pinto beans and tortilla chips. Rubio’s Wild Alaskan Halibut Burrito is filled with the flavorful grilled halibut, corn salsa, handmade guacamole, citrus rice, black beans, crisp cabbage, cilantro, onion and chipotle white sauce wrapped in a warm flour tortilla and served with a side of tortilla chips. The Bowl includes the grilled halibut, served atop a bed of citrus rice and cabbage topped with corn salsa, fresh Hass avocados, black beans, Salsa Verde and chipotle white sauce.

“At Rubio’s, we are continuously looking for innovative ways for our guests to experience seafood. This includes challenging ourselves to introduce new items like Wild Alaskan Halibut, which is a premium whitefish that’s not typically served in restaurants of our size,” said Rubio. “Wild Alaskan Halibut has a sweet, delicate flavor and firm texture that pairs beautifully with our new corn salsa.

We’re excited to add this sustainable fish to our seafood menu for the first time, and hope our guests enjoy it all summer long.”

Rubio’s has been committed to serving delicious coastal food made with quality ingredients for years, as demonstrated through the sustainable seafood found across its menu, daily handmade salsas and guacamole, and fresh produce delivered weekly. As part of the company’s “Made With a Mission”® commitment – to serve coastal food that not only tastes great, but that its guests can feel great about eating – Rubio’s is now serving all natural chicken raised without antibiotics, all natural steak, and all natural bacon with no nitrates or nitrites added, except those naturally occurring in natural ingredients, in entrees across its menu.

The company recently announced it has also removed artificial flavors and food coloring from artificial sources from its core menu. More information about Rubio’s commitment to food quality can be viewed at https://www.rubios.com/food-philosophy/made-mission.

To date, Rubio’s has sold more than 200 million Original Fish Tacos® and uses sustainable seafood in nearly all of its seafood menu items. The brand continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes, ranging from sustainable Grilled Gourmet Shrimp Tacos and Burritos to a California Bowl made with Wild-Caught Alaska Coho Salmon and a Mango Avocado Salad featuring Brown Rice & Quinoa.

For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill, visit www.rubios.com. Guests can also join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rubios, Twitter at www.twitter.com/rubiostweets and Instagram at www.instagram.com/rubioscoastalgrill.

About Rubio’s® Restaurants:

Rubio’s first opened in 1983, in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Since then, Rubio’s has established a passionate fan base throughout the U.S., and has been credited with starting the fish taco phenomenon. In addition to the famed Original Fish Taco®, Rubio’s serves award-winning fish tacos made with grilled shrimp, grilled or blackened ono, Wild Alaska Coho Salmon, and other seafood. Rubio’s innovative recipes also include a variety of burritos, bowls and salads, and feature responsibly-sourced seafood, all-natural chicken and all-natural steak, along with fresh made guacamole and salsas made daily. Ranked as the “Number One Most Craveable Taco Chain” by Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics data, Rubio’s is committed to giving back to the communities it serves by sponsoring a variety of ocean-related events and organizations throughout the year. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., has over 4,000 employees and currently operates more than 200 restaurants in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Florida. For more information, visit https://www.rubios.com.

Self Disclosure: Info and Image were provided. I also received vouchers to try out the new items. 

Summer Beauty Must-Haves!

Summer is not over yet! I am really sorry to see it coming to an end! Can I have just one more month?

Here are some of my favorite to-go-to products!

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Scünci Multi-Color Soft Hosiery Head Wrap! I just love these because they do not pull on my hair!

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Conair Ultra Detangler Large Round Wood Detangling Brush

This is my new favorite hairbrush! I love how well it works with tangles! I highly recommend this one!

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If you are looking for a face care kit that really works and leaves your skin feeling softer… this one is for you! DDF Youthful Tranquility Value Kit!  My favorite is the Nourishing Eye Cream! Also included is a Cleansing Gel, a Toning Complex and a Moisturizer.  I received a Travel Set and love how soft my skin feels after using this collection.

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Philip B. Katira Hair Masque is another favorite! Actually, I love this brand of hair products! I love how soft my hair feels and this is just perfect for hair that tends to get dried out from the summer sun! These products can also be found on Amazon.com.

 

Look for all these products at retailers near you and can also be found online.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this beauty post, Images were also provided. 

 

Summer is still here! Don’t forget the sunscreen! Playing in the Sun Doesn't Need to Mean Skin Cancer

NO-AD Kids Sun Care SPF 50 Lotion    NO-AD Sport Sun Care SPF 50 Body and Face Stick

 

Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

Have you heard of Orlando-based NO-AD This is the sunscreen that costs less per ounce because “no advertising” means the brand doesn’t buy expensive TV, print or radio ads, passing the savings on to consumers.

I recently had the opportunity to try it and it works great! The NO-AD Suncare Kids 50 SPF is paraben free and I like that it is non-greasy and is water resistant for 80 minutes. The bottle is big too so this one will last awhile!

Here’s some helpful info from the brand:

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. 

Lily’s Driftwood Bay: Season 1 – Wonderfully Engaging and Adventurous Host, Great Messages

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Welcome to Lily’s Driftwood Bay! Lily is six years old and lives with her dad and her best friend, who is a seagull named Gull, in a little hut on the beach. Across the way is Driftwood Bay, a special island that exists in Lily’s imagination. Every day the sea washes up a new treasure which sparks Lily’s imagination about what might be happening on Driftwood Bay. Join Lily and her friends, Salty Dog, Bull, Nonna, Hatsie, Wee Rabbit and Lord Stag as they sail to Driftwood Bay where wonderful adventures await! Along with each adventure is a valuable lesson learned in each story from learning to tell the truth to saying sorry to asking for help. Embark on new adventures with Lily and friends as they travel to Driftwood Bay! KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Samantha M. comments, “This creative animated series made me feel like a little kid again. Lily’s imagination is so big, and she is so creative, which is exactly how I felt when I was younger.” Jolleen M. adds, “This hilarious animated series is very educational and cute. Lily has a great heart and sets a good example for children who watch this.” KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror Rachael V. sums it up with, “One the best parts of this series is that Lily resides in a single parent home. Her father is a wonderful character and they have such a great relationship. There aren’t enough programs out there that show this type of relationship and I am very pleased to have found one.” See their full reviews below.

 

Lily’s Driftwood Bay: Season 1

By Samantha Marcus, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 17

 

 

This creative animated series made me feel like a little kid again. Lily’s imagination is so big, and she is so creative, which is exactly how I felt when I was younger. With 52 unique adventures, there is never a dull moment in each episode.
Lily (Orlagh O’ Keefe) is a 6-year-old girl who lives with her dad and a seagull on the beach. Right across from her is Driftwood Bay, an imaginary island that she has created. With each passing day, Lily finds a new object washed up on the shore. These objects give life to her Driftwood Bay imagination. Lily and her friends sail to Driftwood Bay and Lily learns valuable life lessons that keep her imagination alive.
Peter Mullan, who plays one of Lily’s friends, Salty Dog, is easily one of the funniest actors that I’ve ever seen. Mullan portrays Salty as being vulnerable, especially in the episode, “The Honking Haddock,” where Salty is unaware of his massive stench. Lily continues to tell him that he smells very bad, but Salty is clueless, which makes it hilarious. Salty is a cute Scottish dog who is the Captain of the boat that sails to Driftwood Bay and he always says, “Slippery scallions,” which is sure to make you laugh.
The animation in the series is adorable! The characters look so friendly and look as if they are drawn by little kids! Because of this, the series is more relatable and entertaining. The characters aren’t perfect and that is exactly how every person is. But, that is the beauty of life, and it is evident through Lily’s big imagination.
My favorite part of this DVD collection is when Lily asks about flowers on the beach. She loves them, but her dad has to take them to the market. She is disappointed, but he brings her a flower at the end of the day. He says, “It’s a lily for my Lily.” I love puns and sweet moments, and this scene is fortunate enough to have both.

 

The messages of the show are to be creative, enjoy your life, learn from your mistakes and be nice to everyone you meet. Aside from these major life lessons, each episode has little ones asking for help and saying they are sorry. There is always something valuable to take away from each episode. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 8. Check out this series on DVD. You won’t want to miss it.

 

Lily’s Driftwood Bay: Season One

By Jolleen Mejia, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

 

 

 

This hilarious animated series is very educational and cute. Lily has a great heart and sets a good example for children who watch this. Lily is helpful, positive and caring to everyone no matter what. These shows teach really important morals about positivity, telling the truth and making sure you stay safe.

 

The episodes start when Lily finds some sort of weird treasure washed up on the beach. She goes to find out what it really is and what its true purpose is on Driftwood Bay, her imaginary island. She meets up with her friends on the island and some of them ask for her help. She tries to solve their problems and realizes that the tool she needs is one that she got on the shore. She realizes its purpose and learns a characteristic such as, grit, honesty, trust, forgiveness and being fair.

 

Orlagh O’Keefe voices Lily as a sweet, young and naïve girl. She sounds innocent and ready learn everything she can. Salty Dog (Peter Mullan) really does sound like an old, rusty dog who has been out on the sea for a while, but speaks English. Salty Dog sounds very old, but looks very young, which I find somewhat confusing.

 

The animation has a lot more details than most animated TV shows do. For example, they show each of the strands in the hair, their faces look very life like, especially in the way the mouths move. This animation is made with a lot of quality which I appreciate.

 

There are lots of messages in these shows. Lily models being positive, caring, helpful, staying safe and being truthful. She is a great role model for kids and this DVD about her adventures allow her to teach multiple morals in just one episode. Mainly the show educates kids about having good character and following the golden rule – be kind to others if you want them to be kind to you. Lily is kind to others, so she has a lot of good friends that stick by her side. I give this DVD 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for children ages 5 to 8. It is available now so, go check it out.

 

Lily’s Driftwood Bay

By Rachael V., KIDS FIRST! Juror, Adult

 

I love this series! Lily is a great role model and is so creative. A good chunk of this program follows Lily finding “treasures” that have washed up on the shore and being inspired to go on adventures that are based on those items. One the best parts of this series is that Lily resides in a single parent home. Her father is a wonderful character and they have such a great relationship. There aren’t enough programs out there that show this type of relationship and I am very pleased to have found one. One of the best episodes on this DVD is called “A New Arrival.” In this episode, Lily uses some of her treasures to make a beautiful gift for the new baby lamb. Episodes like this are why I love having my son watching it. There is a lot of heart in this program and the artwork is wonderful. It’s mixed media that feels like a blend of colored pencils and water colors. I recommend this for ages 3 to 6 and give it five out of five stars. It’s available on DVD now so, look for it! You’ll be glad you did.

Credit: KIDS FIRST!