The Best Place for Summer Travel! La Jolla’s Pantai Inn: The Ultimate Family Destination! Enchanting Seaside Inn Embodies the Perfect Combination of Luxury and Convenience to Create the Ideal Family Destination This Summer

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Long celebrated for its stunning oceanfront location and views, Pantai Inn is perfectly positioned to be the ideal family destination in the San Diego area, hot on the heels of an extensive renovation and redesign.

While the Inn boasts a wide range of accommodations, what makes it so advantageous to families is its selection of commodious three-bedroom and two-bedroom suites as well as cottages, all with kitchens, which are well equipped to house families. The suites range from casual to deluxe, with even the more casual options providing the welcoming attitude and tropical atmosphere that the Inn is known for.

Coastal views and beautiful décor is only part of the Inn’s charm. It is centrally located to many of the area’s family and kid-friendly attractions, including the world-famous San Diego Zoo & Safari ParkBalboa Park (including a plethora of museums, performing arts venues, lovely gardens and more), and popular family attractions like Legoland are just a short drive away.  For entertainment of the natural variety, the Inn is a short walk from La Jolla’s coastal Children’s Pool, tide pools and beaches, and is situated across from the rocky outcropping that is a favorite sunbathing spot of sea lions and harbor seals. There is no shortage of oceanfront activities alongside La Jolla’s stunning coastline including kayaking, stand up paddling, snorkeling, sailing and biking.

My family had the opportunity to visit Pantai Inn for a couple of nights and we had an amazing time! We stayed in a 3 bedroom Suite and it was the best Summer vacation ever! I only wish we could have stayed longer! The view from our place was simply amazing and although I am not usually one to be up at sunrise…I was up at sunrise since the beach was so close by with an amazing view and tons of Sea Lions! I also have to point out that the Staff is the best! They made my family feel at home and I loved that Tea and Coffee are available all day and all the little touches such as chocolate on our pillows at the end of the day…well, I really could go on and on….

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The rooms were beautiful and my husband and I loved the whole Bali theme! The Original Balinese art and design really makes this place unique!

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I just loved the Kitchen! It truly was fully stocked!

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I have to admit spending time on the balcony was a favorite thing for me! I could see and hear the ocean from that spot and I loved having my breakfast there! By the way, breakfast is complimentary there and the food is quite impressive! I loved the Baked Egg Cups and there were two options to choose from! My favorite was the Mediterranean-Sun Dried Tomato with Feta! Yum! The Chef also makes a really delicious Strawberry Cobbler Muffin! But, honestly, the breakfast is something to write home about! 

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I have to admit that my teenage son wasn’t excited about this trip before we arrived but he had a great time! The room accommodations, the view and the customer service truly made this a great vacation! What really impressed me was how we had all the comforts of home yet we felt like we were so far away from home. It truly was a unique experience without leaving Southern California! 

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And, the view was simply amazing! 

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And..walking distance to an amazing beach….I was absolutely thrilled! 

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Hands down visiting the Pantai Inn and La Jolla this Summer was the best time my family had together this Summer! 

There’s still time to visit! Summer isn’t over yet! 

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More About the Pantai Inn
The Pantai Inn’s distinct guest accommodations blend a unique Balinese-inspired décor with luxurious comforts and contemporary conveniences.  The relaxing oceanfront retreat offers a lush garden setting with soothing water features and an inviting courtyard to stimulate the senses.
Offering a variety of accommodations from ocean view studios and one-bedroom suites to three-bedroom cottages, the Inn is perfect for romantic getaways or family vacations.  Whatever the occasion, the Pantai experience is completed by the warmth and authenticity of the Inn’s extraordinary guest service.   Ranked as a top hotel in La Jolla by TripAdvisor, the 30 room Pantai Inn is located in the charming seaside village of La Jolla and is steps away from the finest restaurants, boutiques and galleries the area has to offer.  The Pantai Inn is located at 1003 Coast Blvd, La Jolla CA, 92037. For information and reservations call toll free 855.287.2682 or visit www.pantai.com.               

Self Disclosure: My family was invited to visit Pantai Inn. No other compensation was received but our stay was comped. All opinions are my own.  I highly recommend Pantai Inn. Photo Credit: Top Photo: Pantai Inn. All other photos: SoCal City Kids.

Summer time fun at LEGOLAND!

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Looking for a fun place to take the whole family this Summer? LEGOLAND is the place to go! My husband, 13-year-old son and I recently visited there and had a blast! I love that there is so much creativity there and I really enjoy seeing so many things made out of legos! When my son was younger, legos were a big hit and even though he is now a teenager…legos are still a cool thing! Speaking of cool things…the LEGOLAND water parks are where we spent most of our day! My son and husband enjoyed the Build-A-Raft River and this was our first time at the CHIMA WATER PARK. The Lion Temple Wave Pool was a real big hit!

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They also have a great deal right now! You can add the Water Park and 2nd day for $5! The only thing is that you have to book +&days in advance. Sounds like a great deal to me!

We also had a visit thru the Sea Life Aquarium and recommend this one for all ages! It actually is one of my favorite Aquariums to visit! They have really cool Jelly Fish!

We didn’t visit the Legoland Hotel on this trip but you may remember that I once featured the fun time we had there four years ago for my son’s birthday. If you are wanting to celebrate a child’s birthday..this really is a fun place to stay!

We still have a few weeks of Summer left so check out Legoland this Summer! Find out more here! 

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Don’t forget to check out all the really cool buildings made out of Legos! 

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The Habit Burger Grill Celebrates Summer with the Return of the Delicious Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Available for a limited time through August! You DON'T want to miss this one!

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The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT), an Irvine-based restaurant company renowned for its award-winning Charburgers, has announced the return of its Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad, a delicious salad as satisfying as summer itself. The limited time special is available now through summer at participating Habit Burger Grill locations, and is priced at $7.75.

The Habit’s Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad features a refreshing blend of perfectly seasoned chargrilled chicken breast atop a bed of hand-cut garden greens with fresh sliced strawberries, dried blueberries and feta cheese crumbles, tossed in a house-made strawberry balsamic vinaigrette making for a delightful option for any summers day.

“Last year, our guests loved this menu item that reflected the fun and refreshing feeling of summertime,” says chef Adam Baird, The Habit’s vice president of food & beverage and creator of this limited time special. “We decided to bring this salad back because when our guests think of summer foods, they think of delicious ripe strawberries. This salad is the perfect combination of summer’s favorite fruit, fresh greens and a tasty vinaigrette. We are certain that it will be a fan-favorite yet again.”

I had the opportunity to try this delicious salad and I highly recommend! I love the strawberries, feta cheese crumbles, and blueberries together! 

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrilltwitter.com/habitburger and youtube.com/habittube.

About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 185 restaurants in 10 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Washington and Maryland as well as two international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to try this salad courtesy of The Habit. Information and photo also provided.

Yogurtland Shares Summer Joy With Newest Scratch-made Delicious Flavors New Summer Spoons Highlight Watermelon Sorbet and Mud Pie Flavors

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This summer, yogurt lovers can pack up their picnic baskets and head to Yogurtland to enjoy five new scratch-made flavors that are reminiscent of family outings and warm summer nights.

These new promotional flavors, available from June 5 to August 6, explore the tastes of summer and are inspired by summer experiences, and the fresh fruits and desserts that are associated with them. These new flavors join Yogurtland’s more than 200 other handcrafted, gourmet flavors that are made at Yogurtland’s very own dairy with mastery and care, and with one thing in mind – delighting guests to the last spoonful.

 

“Our fans visit Yogurtland to enjoy and celebrate life’s special moments. The personalized experience lets fans craft their ultimate treat and choose the flavors and toppings they are craving. We are especially excited to introduce Watermelon Sorbet, a flavor our fans have been craving for some time,” said Chad Bailey, senior director of marketing and R&D, Yogurtland.

 

Yogurtland is also introducing two new collectible spoons, one featuring a red watermelon wedge and the other a slice of mud pie. Yogurtland is collaborating with the Watermelon Board to highlight the use of the juice of U.S-grown watermelons in this along-awaited flavor. To top off these delicious flavors, Yogurtland is introducing gummi butterflies as the perfect topping.

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The five mouth-watering flavors are:

 

–       Home Grown Watermelon Sorbet – Starting June 5, this delicious sorbet will have Yogurtland lovers quenching summer heat with the season’s favorite fruit. Combining everything there is to love about watermelon, sweet, fresh, and fruity, this flavor offers a refreshing experience on a hot summer day.

 

–       Sun Kissed Strawberry Shortcake – Inspired by summer’s favorite dessert, this flavor blends the deliciousness of real California strawberries with real sweet shortbread cookie and is available starting June 5. In each spoonful, the fruity, juicy strawberry taste is followed by notes of cake and whipped cream for a complete dessert sensation.

–       Sweet n’ Smooth Peaches and Cream Gelato- Available starting June 19, this combination of fruity tartness and creamy gelato makes for the perfect summer treat.  Inspired by some of the delicious treats individuals crave on a summer day, this flavor fills each spoonful with real Freestone peach taste.

 I absolutely love the Sweet n’Smooth Peaches and Cream Gelato! It’s delicious!

–       Larger Than Life Mud Pie – Starting July 3, chocolate fanatics rejoice, this ‘larger than life’ flavor layers rich chocolate, tasty coffee, and delectable chocolate cookies. The perfect balance of each layer comes through to create a decadent mud pie taste for all to enjoy.

 

–       Picnic Favorite Apricot Mango Tart- No picnic is complete without juicy summer fruits. The subtle balance between sweet and tart, this flavor combines two fruit favorites, sweet apricots and juicy mangos. This delicious flavor is available starting July 17.

 

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually seeking craveable flavors that keep fans loving their experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy and by controlling the frozen yogurt making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

 

All of Yogurtland’s flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

 

Presently Yogurtland has more than 330 locations across the U.S., Australia, Guam, Singapore, Thailand, Venezuela and Dubai. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

Credit: Yogurtland provided information and a gift card for me to sample the delicious flavors. I am off to try the Larger Than Life Mud Pie today!

theBlu An Underwater VR Experience @ The Natural History Museum Open until June 18, 2017

What would it be like to swim alongside manta rays, angler fish, and a blue whale? Well, you can – in virtual reality! All you need to do is wear a VR headset and you will discover what it is like to swim up close to a jellyfish (my favorite!) or a Whale.

 

In this high-tech, immersive experience, you’ll explore the ocean and it’s really like you are there! I had the opportunity and really thought this was an amazing experience! My favorite was seeing the jellyfish!

 

This 6-minute expedition is great for any virtual reality skill level. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the latest in VR technology and explore some of the world’s most remarkable marine ecosystems. This is an exhibit that you don’t want to miss!

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Advanced timed-tickets required

Members $8, Nonmembers $10 with General Admission. For ages 10 and up.

Find out more here.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum to facilitate this post. 

Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrates National Donut Day With Free Donuts Dunkin’ Donuts’ sweet celebration June 2 offers guests in Los Angeles a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage

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National Donut Day is Friday, June 2, and donut devotees can rejoice by ringing in the holiday at Dunkin’ Donuts with a free classic donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day on June 2 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

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Along with Dunkin’ Donuts’ popular classic donuts, guests can try two new donut varieties featuring fun and colorful new sprinkle toppings. The Vanilla Cake Batter Donut features vanilla-flavored cake batter filling, frosted with chocolate icing and topped with confetti sprinkles, while the Dunkin’ Donuts Sprinkles Donut is frosted with white icing and topped with pink and orange sprinkles shaped like the brand’s iconic “DD” logo. Both are available now through the summer at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

 

National Donut Day was originally established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June. Dunkin’ Donuts has been serving guests signature donuts for 67 years. As the #1 retailer of donuts in America, the company sells 2.8 billion donuts and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats annually worldwide.

WHEN:        Friday, June 2, 2017

WHERE:     Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area.

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About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Credit: Dunkin’ Donuts. Images and Info were provided. Some form of compensation has been provided. 

 

Whole Foods Market celebrates National Hamburger Day with deal on vegan patties from Beyond Meat

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Whole Foods Market is celebrating National Hamburger Day on May 28 with a deal on plant-based burger patties from cult favorite, Beyond Meat. For one day only, customers can get two packages of Beyond Meat’s The Beyond Burger for $9. Each package contains two patties.

Beyond Meat is a plant-based protein source that replaces animal protein with plant protein from peas and other vegetables. The Beyond Burger is the brand’s burger patty and the world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks and tastes like fresh ground beef.  Fans love how the beets in the recipe give the burger the texture and appearance of a traditional “bleeding” meat burger when cooked.

Beyond Meat is a Los Angeles-based company founded in 2009 by CEO Ethan Brown. Beyond Meat’s products became available nationwide at Whole Foods Market stores in 2013, and has been a favorite among vegans and meat-eaters alike because of the unique flavor and texture that deliver a truly meaty experience

The offer is valid on May 28, 2017 while supplies last. No rain checks. States that do not carry Beyond Meat can still save on plant-based burger options with $2.00 off Field Roast Meatless Burger (TN, NC, GA, AL, GA, SC, MS) or $1.50 off Sweet Earth Veggie Burger (CA, NV).

Credit: Whole Foods Market.

Best holiday destinations in Europe for families

Are you planning for a holiday? How about Europe? There are so many destinations in the continent apt for a family vacation. Choose the one as per your budget and likings.

Are you planning a holiday or a vacation with your family this summer? If so, Europe can be one of the finest options to consider. Europe is a favorite holiday destination among the tourists from all over the world. There are spots in the continent that seems apt for holidaying with your family members, including children.

While you are visiting Europe, see if you’re eligible for the European Health Insurance Card is an important element to consider for more info on this click here to find out more. This is helpful when you fall sick in a foreign land and require medical attention at the earliest.

The article highlights the top five holiday destinations in Europe that is considered apt for families.

London

For a long time, London is considered as the top most holiday destinations in Europe for families. The city is the greatest example of the amalgamation of the tradition with the contemporary. The best part about the city is that there is something for everyone. You and your children will be mesmerized with the spots like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, British Museum, Piccadilly Circus and so many other spots.

Rome

If you have considered Rome as the next holiday destination with your family, you and your children can create so many memories together as you visit the world famous historical Colosseum and the Pantheon. There are several museums that are kid friendly and there are piazzas or public places tp roam and enjoy gelatos. Basically, it can be said that Rome isana educational city to explore at any age.

Paris

The city is known for its beautiful tourist spots and the name itself brings so much of excitement and thrill. Paris is popular for its iconic historical landmarks that the kids will love to explore and have an enriching and fun filled vacation. Centre Pompidou and Jardin de Luxembourg along with the City of Light are a must visit. Furthermore, visiting Eiffel Tower, especially in the evening is simply jawdropping to watch.

Edinburgh

If you are travelling to the beautiful Scottish city of Edinburg with your family, perhaps visiting in the month of August is the best idea. During the month, the Annual Edinburg Festival takes place in the city. Your kids will simply enjoy every bit of it. They can even try their feet at the traditional bagpipe tunes and have the best of the moments. The ancient Edinburg Castle is also an attraction of noteworthy.

Spain

The beautiful countryside alongside the warm sunny weather and the kid friendly beaches make Spain one of the perfect destinations for enjoying family vacations. There are so many different activities to get indulged in that the kids won’t get bored at all. Mountain biking is one of the popular sports loved by the biking enthusiasts. You can accompany your little one and explore the towns and cities of the country on bikes. This is an excellent way of creating memories and having fun.