It’s starting to look like Christmas at The Shops At Montebello! MAKE MAGICAL MEMORIES AT THE SANTA EXPERIENCE AND HOLIDAY EVENTS AT THE SHOPS AT MONTEBELLO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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The holidays are here and it’s time for Christmas photos with Santa and Christmas shopping! The best place to go? The Shops at Montebello is a favorite of mine!

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Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with a visit to the Simon® Santa Photo Experience at The Shops at Montebello. Children can whisper wishes and capture photo memories with Santa which began on  November 10 and runs through Christmas Eve Day, December 24 at Center Court.

 Save time, avoid the line with Santa by Appointment! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Santa online at http://simonsanta.com.

For local pet owners, there is a  popular Pet Photo Night with Santa December 3 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Many pet owners view their pet as an integral member of the family and are just as committed in caring for their pets as their “human” family members. Pet Photo nights are hosted after regular mall closing and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove any potential risk to allergy sufferers.

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The Shops at Montebello will also host Breakfast with Santa and a Holiday Photo Booth on December 2. Breakfast with Santa is 9 – 10 a.m. Reservations are required. Seasonal carolers will delight children and families.

I just love shopping at The Shops at Montebello because they have the best shops! Some of my favorites are the following:  Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, and Cotton On! This is the best place to find Christmas gifts for everyone on your Christmas list this holiday season! They also have some great places to catch lunch or dinner such as Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que! On Black Friday if you spend $200 or more at the following retailers: Disney Store, Express, Hollister, New York & Company, Cotton On, Steve Madden, Victoria’s Secret, Vision Center, Zales Jewelers, Robert Wayne Footwear, Bath & Body Works, and the Children’s Place..you will receive a $25 voucher from Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que.  I’m sure that there will also be some great Black Friday deals! 

Don’t miss other holiday festivities, including:

  • Black Friday Fun on November 24 where shoppers can look forward to hot chocolate and desserts, holiday photo booth and entertainment.
  • November 15 – December 24 – Enter to Win 2 Disneyland Annual Passports.  Entry forms at Guest Services.  No purchase necessary.
  • MDA Fill the Boot from November 24-26 with Montebello Fire Department hosting a fundraiser for families with muscular dystrophy.
  • Join The Shops at Montebello for the puppy Pals Family Programming Event on December 1 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in Victoria’s Secret Court with activities for the kids and prize giveaways.
  • Don’t miss theVisa Gift Card Holiday Event with KOST 103.5 on December 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. The first 200 shoppers to receive a holiday scratcher.  Every scratcher wins a prize.  No purchase necessary.
  • The Holiday Photo Booth is December 2 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Countdown to Christmas from December 14 to 24 with Manny on the Streets from KIIS-FM.

Self Disclosure: I received some form of compensation to post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

Pappy’s Seafood of San Pedro is the place to go for lunch or dinner!

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Historic Downtown San Pedro is now home to Pappy’s Seafood, a casual dining experience focused on classic seafood fare with high quality, fresh ingredients. This exciting addition to San Pedro’s dining scene is the creation of Santa Monica based Yunnie and Greg Morena, a couple with 30 years entrepreneurial ventures between them, including their wildly successful restaurant, The Albright, the longest-running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier.

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Pappy’s menu emphasizes sustainable and local seafood, sourced fresh from the Port of Los Angeles. Highlights include a clambake party, shrimp cake sliders, fish & chips, Brazilian Moqueca Stew, and a customizable, fresh fish grill. An extensive selection of starters, fresh salads, house made drinks, and offerings for kids, round out the menu with a collection of craft beers on tap and an assortment of local wines.
The comfortable yet upscale atmosphere is outfitted in a nautical color scheme and anchored by a reclaimed brass bar from the old Fisherman’s Market at The Ports o’ Call. The Morena’s worked closely with Undefeated founder, James Bond and architect David Alvarez, alongside the Papadakis family, to celebrate the motley heritage of the historic structure through the new design, creating a classic, seaside vibe. While preserving the original bones, the Morena’s raised the ceiling and exposed clerestory windows, antique brick, concrete, and the original entrance doors, all of which had been covered up for over 70 years.
I had the opportunity to check this place out for lunch and was really impressed with the casual atmosphere, friendly service, and the delicious food! The only thing was I had a difficult time deciding what to try! The menu has some really great selections! I started with the Crab Cakes (which is an appetizer) and they were delicious! Then I decided on a delicious Lobster Roll Sandwich!
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The Lobster Roll Sandwich was quite impressive and even the fries were delicious!
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I visited with a family member and she loved the Salmon plate!
So, if you are looking for a great Seafood place for lunch or dinner, I recommend Pappy’s Seafood! They are located at 301 West 6th Street in San Pedro. They are open 11:30 AM-9:30 PM Monday-Sunday.
Self Disclosure: I reviewed Pappy’s Seafood and had the opportunity to visit as Media. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

The Habit Burger Grill Fires Up New Bourbon Flavored Menu Items New Bourbon Bacon Charburger, Bourbon Bacon Golden Chicken Sandwich and Bourbon BBQ-Spiced Fries Added to Menu Lineup for Limited Time

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For a limited time this fall, The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT) is introducing three new Bourbon flavored menu items.

The new Bourbon lineup will include a perfectly flame-grilled Bourbon Bacon Charburger ($4.65) and a delicious Bourbon Bacon Golden Chicken Sandwich ($6.99).These new tasty options allow guests to choose from an award-winning Charburger with grilled onions or a hand-breaded, golden fried chicken breast, both topped with crispy smoky bacon and a tangy bourbon glaze on a toasted bun with fresh lettuce, mayo, tomatoes and pickles.

The new delicious Bourbon Charburger and sandwich would not be complete without the perfect side. For even more delicious, smoky Bourbon flavor, Habit fans can enjoy the new savory Bourbon BBQ-Spiced Fries ($2.50).

Better burgers are just the beginning at The Habit where signature Charburgers are always made with 100% fresh ground beef, never frozen and chargrilled over an open flame. The Habit’s signature Charburgers, grilled sandwiches, fresh salads, delicious sides, and handmade shakes are always made-to-order.

I had the opportunity to try out these new food items and I loved the Bourbon Bacon Golden Chicken Sandwich! The Bourbon BBQ-Spiced Fries are really tasty too! I highly recommend both! 

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 190 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as two international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free gift card to check out these delicious new items. Information and image were also provided.

 

Ruby’s Diner Brings Back Pumpkin-Inspired Menu Items, Plus Kids in Costume Eat Free in October

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Fall is here and Ruby’s Diner is kicking off the season with a menu full of pumpkin-inspired treats.  Start the morning with fluffy Pumpkin Hot Cakes or hot-off-the-griddle Pumpkin Waffles! Sounds delicious! I actually had the chance to try the Pumpkin Waffles and they are quite delicious!  Curb a sweet craving with a rich Pumpkin Shake. During the month of October, this limited time offer gets even sweeter when kids will eat free at participating Ruby’s Diner locations when they come dressed in a Halloween Costume (purchase of one adult entrée required per eligible child). Participating locations may vary.

 

WHEN:

Pumpkin-inspired menu items available September 18-November 26, 2017

Pumpkin Hot Cakes and Pumpkin Waffles only available until 11:30 a.m. daily. 

Pumpkin Shake available all day. 

Kids Eat Free with Halloween Costume October 1-31, 2017

Offer available all day.

 

WHERE:

Participating Ruby’s Diner Locations

Cabazon – Morongo: 49000 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, CA 92230. 951.849.3850

Costa Mesa – South Coast Plaza: 3333 Bear St. at South Coast Plaza – Suite 120, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 714.662.7829

Huntington Beach: #1 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. 714.969.7829

Irvine: 4602 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604949.552.7829

Irvine Spectrum: 505 Spectrum Center Drive in Irvine Spectrum. 949.753.7829

Laguna Hills: 24155 Laguna Hills Mall #1636, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. 949.588.7829

Long Beach: 6405 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90803. 562.596.1914

Oceanside: 1 Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA 92054. 760.433.7829

Palm Springs: 155 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. 760.406.7829

San Diego – Mission Valley Mall: 1640 Camino Del Rio N., #360P, San Diego, CA 92108. 619.294.7829
Yorba Linda: 21450 Yorba Linda Boulevard, Yorba Linda, CA 92887714.779.7829

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to visit a local Ruby’s Diner to check out the new Pumpkin inspired menu items. Image was provided. 

Yogurtland Introduces Ice Cream! New Indulgent Premium Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream, Available For a Limited Time Only, Gives Fans Another Choice to Capitalize on the Industry’s Most Extensive Topping Bar

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Beginning August 29, Yogurtland is giving everyone’s sweet tooth a reason to rejoice with the limited time addition of premium chocolate and vanilla ice cream.  The new serve yourself ice cream gives Yogurtland fans an indulgent option to create their own customized treat.

With the addition of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, Yogurtland is providing a one-stop shop for all to enjoy.  Yogurtland guests can swirl up their choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream, or both, and head over to the topping bar to build their satisfying, delicious masterpiece. With over 60 fruit, candy, cereal, nuts, cookies and other toppings to choose from, Yogurtland offers fans the chance to completely customize both their yogurt and ice cream experience with all their favorite additions.

“One of the many joys for Yogurtland fans is to build their creation to perfectly suit their taste buds,” said John Carlson, senior vice president of marketing, development and operations at Yogurtland. “Now, fro-yo fanatics and ice cream lovers alike will have the chance to do so, all under one roof at Yogurtland.”

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually hand crafting 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.

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We had the opportunity to try out the new Ice Cream at Yogurtland and my son liked it so much that it was gone before I could take a photo! 

Presently Yogurtland has more than 320 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.

Self Disclosure: I was able to try out the new Ice Cream to facilitate this post. Images were provided.

Office Depot Foundation Donates 100,000 Sackpacks With School Supplies In 17th Year of Its National Backpack Program

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For the past 17 years, the Office Depot Foundation has donated more than 4 million sackpacks to children around the world as part of its National Backpack Program. This summer, the Foundation, which is the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc., will be donating 100,000 colorful new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States and internationally.

 

“It is our mission to make sure that every child has the right tools to achieve success in school,” said Mary Wong, president of the Office Depot Foundation. “School is challenging enough on its own, and when you’re unable to come prepared with the basic essentials for learning, it’s nearly impossible. We want to give every kid a fair chance.”

 

To deliver sackpacks directly to children, the Foundation is hosting Back-to-School celebrations in select cities across the U.S. in July and August. This year, in addition to donating sackpacks to children who need them most, the Foundation is highlighting the importance of STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs in our nation’s schools. To encourage kids to explore these important curriculums, the Foundation has partnered with Captain Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot, who will make special guest appearances at the Foundation’s Back-To-School celebrations in Los Angeles and Chicago.

 

Thousands more sackpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with a number of nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and globally. The Foundation is collaborating with Food For The Poor, Feed the Children, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the AARP Foundation.

 

The specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in seven bright and fun colors. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons.

 

More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officedepotfoundation. To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to www.officedepotfoundation.org/. You can follow the Foundation on Twitter @OfficeDepotFndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #ODFcares. The Foundation is also on Instagram: @officedepotfoundation.

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About the Office Depot Foundation

The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation − tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) − that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that give children tools to succeed in school and in life; build the capacity of nonprofit organizations through collaboration and innovation; and help communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards.  For more information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org.

 

Self Disclosure: I received free sackpack samples to post. Photos and information were also provided. 

Explore Seasonal Hatch Chile Menu and Give Back at The Habit Burger Grill he Habit Burger Grill Continues Fight to Help End Childhood Hunger in America: -- Offers Free Charburger with Cheese for Donations of $2 or More and Sets One Million Dollar Cumulative Donation Goal For No Kid Hungry® --

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The Habit Burger is exploring the delicious tastes of Hatch Chiles through the return of their seasonal Hatch Chile menu. Featuring a delicious Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Charburger, a Grilled Hatch and Golden Chicken Salad, and a Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Chicken Sandwich, the seasonal menu serves up a variety of tasty options for everyone to enjoy.

I actually had the opportunity to try the Grilled Hatch and Pepper Jack Chicken Sandwich and it is delicious! I can’t wait to try the Grilled Hatch and Golden Chicken Salad!  I highly recommend the Sandwich!

The Habit Restaurant, Inc. is continuing its commitment to help end childhood hunger in America by partnering with No Kid Hungry for a third year. This year, The Habit has a goal of raising $400,000, for a three-year grand total of $1,000,000. This equates to 10 million meals to children who face hunger.

One in six kids in the U.S. struggles with hunger. The Habit Burger Grill, together with its loyal guests, is committed to changing this.  The Habit will be collecting donations for No Kid Hungry and offering guests who donate $2 or more to the No Kid Hungry campaign a free Charburger with cheese certificate, good on a return visit now through the end of September.

“We are thrilled to have The Habit Burger Grill participate in their third Dine Out for No Kid Hungry promotion this fall,” said Diana Hovey, Senior Vice President of Dine Out for No Kid Hungry. “Their commitment and support over the past two years has been astounding and has helped us make great strides in helping end child hunger in the United States.”

“At The Habit we are committed to providing quality meals, and for millions of Americans, especially children, those meals don’t always come easily. That’s why supporting No Kid Hungry is so important to us. We know that with the support of our loyal guests, we can make a difference. We want to give something back to the communities we serve as well as those who support our efforts,” said Russ Bendel, CEO of The Habit Burger Grill.

Last year The Habit contributed over $400,000 to No Kid Hungry, providing more than 4 million meals to kids in need.

“Our hope is to continue to grow our support and help more kids across the country,” added Bendel.

On August 21, Habit Burger Grill and No Kid Hungry executives will ring the NASDAQ closing bell to call attention to the issue of childhood hunger in America and kickoff this year’s National Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign.

About The Habit Burger Grill

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 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 190 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.

About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, eat healthy summer meals, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

 

Self Disclosure: I received some form of compensation (Delicious food!) to post. Images and info were provided. 

 

 

 

 

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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.