Yogurtland ‘s Newest Hand Crafted Flavors Bring Beloved Family Recipes To Every Spoonful

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Inspired by the family recipes everyone knows and loves, Yogurtland is introducing five new scratch-made flavors that will have fans loving each spoonful more than the last. Yogurtland’s hand crafted yogurt flavors are made at its very own dairy, filling each step of the tasty frozen yogurt creation process with love and quality.

These new promotional flavors, available from April 3 to June 4, explore the tastes of delicious home-made favorites. These new flavors join more than 200 other hand crafted, gourmet flavors that are created with mastery and care, and with one thing in mind – delighting guests.

As a tribute to all the things our guests love, Yogurtland begins the yogurt journey with their new love-inspired cup. Adorned with a heart filled with all things symbolizing Yogurtland, the new cups reflect Yogurtland’s dedication and love for scratch-made yogurt and delicious flavor while customers experience love from the beginning of their visit through their very last bite.

“A consistent thread shared by our fans and employees alike is a love for Yogurtland. From our delicious frozen yogurt to the personalized experience, our fans are passionate about creating the ultimate treatexperience,” said Chad Bailey, senior director of marketing, Yogurtland. “These flavors give our fans another reason to love coming to Yogurtland.”

With these family recipe inspired flavors, fans can connect with yogurt flavors beyond taste, it will be reminiscent of past memories and cherished experiences with friends and family. The five mouth-watering flavors are:

–       Grandma’s Famous Marionberry Pie- This scrumptious dessert will win the hearts of Yogurtland lovers by combining real Marion blackberry with sweet shortbread cookie. Notes of buttery, golden piecrust for a complete dessert sensation follow the delicious fruity taste of marionberry.

 

–       Momma’s Secret Recipe Almond Fudge Gelato- Go nutty for this perfect combination of chocolate and almond. This flavor pairs rich fudge notes and almond tastes to create a creamy and sophisticated gelato.

 

–       Blue Ribbon Pineapple Upside Down Cake- Flavor-packed with delectable caramelized pineapple flavors followed by buttery, dense cake notes combines to adapt the many layers of the traditional pineapple upside down cake into yogurt form.

 

–       Spring’s Simply Sweet Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares- Enjoy a taste of grandma’s kitchen without the guilt. This no sugar added flavor combines real peanut butter with yummy marshmallow flavor to create the true marshmallow square taste.

 

–       Pairings and Sharings Strawberry Basil Lemonade Sorbet- This drink-inspired sorbet will be the perfect thirst quencher on a hot day. The subtle balance between sweet and tart, this flavor combines two varieties of sweet strawberries and tangy lemon. Real basil and hints of mint add a cooling freshness to finish this flavor taste.

My favorite so far?  The Blue Ribbon Pineapple Upside Down Cake! This one is simply delicious! I highly recommend that you try it before it’s gone! 

 

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. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to visit my favorite Yogurtland and will be trying these delicious new flavors!  Photo images were also provided.

 

Red Hot Teen Retailer Five Below To Open Its First L.A. Stores, April 21st! Grand Opening at the Hawthorne location this weekend!

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Looking for a really cool store for ‘Tweens and Teens? This is the store to visit!

Starting April 21, LA area teens, tweens and their parents will experience a greater degree of “cool” when the trend-right, extreme-value retailing phenomenon Five Below opens its first nine stores in California.
You may not be familiar with Five Below (after all, the Philadelphia-based company’s closest location to LA is Oklahoma), but it is a hip, high-energy destination for the younger demographic looking for “gotta have” stuff — including backpacks, sporting goods, iPhone cases, books, candy, makeup and hundreds of other items — all for $5 or less.  (https://www.fivebelow.com)  The company currently has nearly 600 stores in 32 states (plus Washington, D.C.).
My 13-year-old son and I had the opportunity to visit the store the other day and were quite impressed! It is already open but there will be some Grand Opening specials this weekend such as hotdogs for 5 cents!
My favorite things were the T-shirts and the Big Pinwheels! My son loved the BIG candy selection!
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Everything there is between the prices of $1-$5. I like that there is such a variety of products. They have a really great selection of Mothers Day cards by the way! 😉
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I really think that both Tween and Teenage girls and boys will like the store! I know that my son wouldn’t mind going back to this one again soon!
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Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to shop with my son. No other compensation was received. 

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Teams Up With Autism Speaks To Increase Acceptance and Understanding of Autism

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Family-owned, award-winning barbeque destination Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is teaming up with Autism Speaks to help increase understanding and acceptance of autism. The April campaign marks World Autism Month.

During April, Lucille’s will donate to Autism Speaks the Round It Up America contributions – in which guests “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar – at 22 participating locations throughout Arizona, California and Nevada. Team members at Lucille’s restaurants will wear buttons and blue beads, the color of Autism Speaks, to show their support. Tabletop signage will share information about autism and Autism Speaks.

To kick off the promotion, on Sunday, April 2, for each donation of $5 or more, Lucille’s will give guests a $10 bonus card good for a return visit. (One per table, please.) Lucille’s will also be serving up a ‘Blueberry and Basil Margarita,’ a blue drink inspired by the color of Autism speaks, that combines El Jimador Reposado Tequila, fresh basil, vibrant blueberries and is then hand-shaken with agave nectar and fresh lime juice. For each drink sold, Lucille’s will donate an additional $1 towards their final donation to Autism Speaks.

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People with autism spectrum disorder may have challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech or nonverbal communication, but they also may have unique strengths. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

“Autism hits close to home for the Lucille’s family,” said Brad Hofman, president of Hofman Hospitality Group, parent company of Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. “This year, we are expanding our support to include all of our restaurants. Together with our guests we can make difference in the lives of those affected by autism.”

Last year, Lucille’s two Las Vegas restaurants raised about $2,000 for Autism Speaks. This year, Lucille’s hopes to raise more than $30,000 to help the nonprofit organization support research into the causes and better interventions for autism.

“We’re thrilled to work with Lucille’s on a larger scale this April,” said Autism Speaks Vice President of Corporate Development Peter Morton. “This fundraising campaign helps us ensure that children and adults with autism have access to reliable information and services throughout their lives.”

Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse with a distinctive Southern décor that features reclaimed wood outline doors and windows for a rustic yet contemporary look. Lucille’s features blues-inspired art throughout the restaurant and the Flying Pig lounge.  Lucille’s has been participating in Round It Up America, a platform that encourages restaurant guests to donate change; over the past ten years, Round It Up America has collectively raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations and programs across the country.

My husband and I had the opportunity to visit Lucille’s and the food is simply fabulous! The service is great and we both highly recommend! Here are a few of our favorites:

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They have the best BBQ and my personal favorite is the Fried Chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, and veggies! It is soooo good! They have a great selection of appetizers too! And, you simply can’t leave without having dessert!

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They have the best Banana Pudding! 

 

ABOUT AUTISM

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.

 

About Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Signal Hill, Calif.-based Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (lucillesbbq.com) offers award-winning, savory, Southern-style food in 22 full-service, high-energy restaurants throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Signature slow-smoked barbeque, flavorful appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sides and desserts are served with a large helping of down-home, friendly service. Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse replete with its distinctive front Southern decor, and select locations offer live blues entertainment at the Flying Pig Lounges. Family-owned, Lucille’s has plans to expand its unique brand of Southern hospitality to more locations in the future.

 

For more information, visit lucillesbbq.comfacebook.com/LucillesSmokehouseBBQ or twitter.com/Lucilles_BBQ.

Self Disclosure: I was able to review Lucille’s prior to posting. No other compensation was received. 

Say Aloha to Pineapple Season at Islands Restaurants SoCal restaurant celebrates the tropical fruit’s peak season with new pairing menu and you have to try the New Limited Items too!

Synonymous with warm weather and beach days, sweet and tangy pineapples hit peak season from March through July. Islands Restaurants, known for its surf-inspired menu and ice-cold tropical drinks, is celebrating the tropical gem with a special Pineapple Pairing Menu this spring.

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Starting April 1 and running through May 31, pineapple lovers will find a limited time Pineapple Pairing Menu with suggested pairings of popular pineapple dishes from the main menu. Favorites include the Hawaiian Burger, topped with fresh grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce, paired with the Big Island Iced Tea; the Yaki Tacos, topped with a house-made grilled pineapple salsa, paired with a refreshing Piña Colada; and the Hoisin Beach Bowl, made with chunks of fresh grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables, served over brown rice with mahi mahi or chicken and paired with a signature Mai Tai. Each pairing is meant to complement and bring out the sweet and savory flavors of the fruit.

Kids can join in on the fun with a themed coloring contest, which will also run through the end of May. To enter, kids simply design and decorate the pineapple coloring sheets provided in restaurant, and parents or legal guardians post the colorful creations to social media using #PineappleParadise and #IslandsBurgers for a chance to win $50 to Islands. Ten lucky winners will be selected. For kids that love pineapple, Islands Gremmie Menu features a dish popular with both kids and parents, fresh pineapple spears with yogurt dip.

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My husband and I had the opportunity to visit our favorite local Islands in Redondo Beach this past week and were quite impressed with the service and the food! I do have to admit that I am always quite impressed with the friendly service and delicious food at this local restaurant.  But, here’s some news! Islands has two items that are only available for a limited time!  They are the Moa Kaneohe Crisp with fried chicken, applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese and tomato and the Moa Mauna Loa Crisp with fried chicken, topped with buffalo sauce, bleu cheese crumbles and tomato.  We tried the Moa Kaneohe Crisp and it was delicious!  I am hoping that this one will stay on the menu for a long time!

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We also tried some of the Pineapple menu items and I do have a favorite new Taco! The Yaki Tacos are really tasty! I just loved the house-made grilled pineapple salsa! Another hit is the Hawaiian Burger!  I have to agree that pairing these meals up with a Pineapple drink such as a Mai Tai is a really great idea!

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My husband and I also had to have two of our regular favorites!

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I simply can not go to Islands and not start my meal with their Spinach & Artichoke Dip! My husband loves their Buffalo Wings! 

We highly recommend going to Islands this month! I suggest going there as soon as possible and try their delicious Moa Kaneohe Crisp and their Yaki Tacos!  I know you will love the food and I still think that they only pick the friendliest of staff!  

 

Follow Islands on Twitter and Instagram at @IslandsBurgers and like Islands at www.facebook.com/IslandsRestaurants. Don’t forget to share your favorite pineapple moments by using hashtags #PineappleParadise and #IslandsBurgers!

About Islands Restaurants

Founded in 1982, Islands focuses 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.

Celebrate National Burrito Day April 6th with Burritos from Rubio’s!

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National Burrito Day is coming up this Thursday (April 6), so I know that I’ll be heading to Rubio’s! Known for its coastal cuisine, the SoCal based restaurant is celebrating the foodie holiday by offering any burrito on the menu for $5 all day long. Favorites include the sustainable Grilled Shrimp and Bacon Burrito (a savory combination and personal favorite), the Burrito Especial with all-natural chicken, and the new Panko-Crusted Crispy Shrimp with a sweet chile aioli.

Panko Crusted Crispy Shrimp Burrito

Guests just need to print out or show the coupon, which can be found online here: https://www.rubios.com/coupons/celebrate-national-burrito-day-rubios

 

See you there! 🙂

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Lent Friendly Dining: New Sustainable Shrimp Dishes at Rubio’s Coastal Grill

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Along with their famous Original Fish taco, Rubio’s is one of few fast casual restaurants to offer a wide selection of grilled seafood tacos, burritos and bowls for readers who are looking for alternatives to red meat and poultry during the 40-day Lenten period.

In addition to tried-and-true favorites, Rubio’s has also two brand new shrimp dishes to the menu. Featuring sustainable shrimp and a chef-crafted spicy chili aioli sauce, the brand new Panko Crusted Shrimp Two Taco Plate and Burrito!

I had the opportunity to try the Burrito and it is one of my new favorites from Rubio’s! 

Rubio’s Panko-Crusted Crispy Shrimp dishes feature sustainable shrimp crusted with panko-bread crumbs complemented by Rubio’s chef-crafted chile aioli sauce, creating the most satisfying combination of sweet and spicy flavors and crispy texture in every bite. The Panko-Crusted Crispy Shrimp Two Taco Plate features crispy shrimp placed atop warm stone-ground corn tortillas topped with chile aioli sauce, salsa verde, crunchy fresh cabbage, and cilantro and onion mix, and is served with no-fried™ pinto beans and sea-salted tortilla chips. The Panko-Crusted Crispy Shrimp Burrito wraps the crispy shrimp, chile aioli sauce, salsa verde, citrus rice, cabbage, and cilantro and onion mix in a toasted flour tortilla.

For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill, please visit https://www.rubios.com. Guests can also join the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rubios.

About Rubio’s® Restaurants:

Rubio’s first opened in 1983, in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Today, counting the ocean as a source of inspiration, Rubio’s uses sustainable seafood in nearly all of its seafood dishes, and continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes ranging from seafood tacos and burritos to California Bowls and crisp, fresh salads. In addition, Rubio’s offers all natural grilled marinated chicken and steak, “no fried” pinto beans, handmade guacamole, a variety of proprietary salsas, and craft beer, wine and sangria beverage options. The award-winning restaurant regularly receives accolades for its famous Original Fish Taco®. It was also recently ranked as one of Fast Casual’s ‘Top 50 Movers and Shakers’ as well as one of the top five most loved fast casual chains ranked by Foodable Labs and Digital CoCo. Rubio’s participates in a variety of community partnership efforts throughout the year including being a member of the Blue Business Council and hosting Rubio’s annual CoastFest celebration and beach cleanup. 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: I had the opportunity to try one of the new menu items for free to facilitate this post. Information and image was also provided.

Yogurtland Introduces Most Colorful Flavors Yet, Inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls ~ Adventure to Yogurtland for 10 Hair Raising Flavors ~

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Inspired by the colorful characters of the new DreamWorks Animation film Trolls, Yogurtland, the ever-popular self-serve frozen yogurt pioneer, is introducing 10 colorful flavors, a new fun topping and two collectible spoons, available since October 20th until December 21st.

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From the creators of Shrek comes DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it.  This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.

Trolls arrived in theaters on November 4th, 2016.

 

”This wonderful family film inspired us with its creativity and optimistic message for young and old alike. Our colorful, Trolls flavors give our fans of all ages something to sing and dance about,” said Phillip Chang, Yogurtland founder and CEO. “Just like the film joins family together on a wild ride, Yogurtland brings family and friends together to experience a deliciously inspired flavor spectrum.”

 

 

Ten Trolls Inspired Flavors

These flavors will have Yogurtland fans singing, dancing, and smiling while enjoying one of these creamy flavors inspired by the colorfully fun characters from the film, Trolls, such as Poppy’s White Chocolate Raspberry, Cooper’s Caramel Apple, King Peppy’s Chocolate Covered Pretzel, Branch’s Peanut Butter Caramel, Guy Diamond’s White Chocolate Peppermint, Creek’s Butterscotch Pudding Gelato, Smidge’s Cinnamon Donut Holes, and Biggie’s Frosted Cookie. And for those who prefer a tangier flavor, Yogurtland is offering innovative tastes such as Satin and Chenille’s Blueberry Mangosteen Tart, and DJ Suki’s Cranberry Raspberry Tart.

 

To complement the flavors, Yogurtland is introducing Milk Chocolate Mini Twist Pretzels as a new topping. These twists perfectly combine sweet and savory in each crunchy bite.

 

For a limited-time only, Yogurtland has two new collectible spoons inspired by the Trolls main characters Poppy and Branch so guests can bring home the fun from Trolls and the tasty flavor from Yogurtland. These collectible spoons are only available while supplies last.

I just tried the Biggie’s Frosted Cookie tonight and love it! I highly recommend trying this one this week! I love Yogurtland because they have so many flavor choices and so many different toppings! 

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The Yogurtland Difference

Continually evolving the popular frozen yogurt trend, Yogurtland has built a growing business by redefining dessert and delivering the ultimate culinary experience. The Trolls inspired flavors created by Yogurtland’s flavorologists allow the one-of-a-kind flavors to continue to grow beyond basic taste profiles and serve people a variety of toppings to delight every taste bud.

 

Separating Yogurtland from competitors is the company’s team of flavorologists who develop the proprietary recipes for the brand’s more than 250 different and customized flavors that are produced in the company’s own dairy plant in Paramount, Calif. Whether traditional or exotic, each flavor uses real ingredients sourced from their original locations. By controlling the entire frozen yogurt-making process, Yogurtland has raised the standards for flavors and quality to new heights much to the delight of 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. As for the sorbet, fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

Connect with Yogurtland on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, add us on Snapchat at @yogurtlandinc or visit us online at Yogurt-land.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free gift card to check out the newest flavors! Top photo was provided for this post. Other photos are my own.

STACKED is the place to visit for delicious food! You must try the Pumpkin Cheesecake Milkshake and the Pumpkin Bread Pudding this month!

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Looking for a great place to go for lunch? STACKED is the place to go!

I recently had the opportunity to check this place out for lunch and I only have great things to say! The customer service is friendly, the food is delicious and this month they have two tasty pumpkin treats you do not want to miss!

What is really cool about STACKED is that you can place your order on an iPad! I know my son would love this so I plan to take him to lunch there soon!

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You also can add and change things to the food items. I think that everyone would just love to order their food this way. I think that this is the most unique thing about STACKED but it isn’t the only thing. I had heard that the hamburgers are really good but I didn’t know that they have such creative Mac & Cheese dishes! Personally, I’m not a big Mac & Cheese lover but when I saw that they had Stacked Mac in Cajun Shrimp…well, I just had to try it!

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This really is even better than it looks! I was impressed with how many shrimps were in the dish and it was so tasty! My Mother-in-law went to lunch with me and she tried a Stacked Mac with chicken…yum!

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This month there are two pumpkin treats that you do NOT want to miss! They have a Pumpkin Cheesecake Milkshake and it is really good! I honestly think that they should have it all year but it is only there until the end of the month!

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But, my ultimate favorite was the Pumpkin Bread Pudding! Oh my! I wish I knew how to make this one! You can also add whip cream, ice cream or a variety of other things! This is so good that it would be fine by itself but I added whip cream!

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The Pumpkin Bread Pudding alone is a reason to go to STACKED! But, I have to say that the customer service is amazing too! Our Waitress Diana was the best!

To find out more about STACKED, visit their website!  I highly recommend visiting this month!

Happy November!

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Self Disclosure: I received media comped meals to facilitate this post but no other compensation was received. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.