Yogurtland Adds Two New Scratch-made Flavors to Delicious Dessert Lineup New Flavors Include Piña Colada, Made With Coconut Milk and OREO® Cookies & Creme Ice Cream

Yogurtland is ringing in the New Year with two new scratch-made delicious flavors, giving dessert lovers another reason to celebrate.

Expanding on its non-dairy offerings and introducing its first flavor made with coconut milk, Yogurtland’s new Piña Colada flavor combines real pineapple with creamy coconut milk for a fruity, tropical treat.

As a follow-up to its ice cream introduction this past summer, Yogurtland teamed up with OREO® for a handcrafted ice cream flavor. The new OREO Cookies & Crème Ice Cream combines real OREO chocolate cookies and vanilla for a perfectly creamy ice cream.

This past weekend was like a nice Sunny Summer Day so my son and I decided after a visit to the beach that we would stop by our favorite local Yogurtland! I love visiting Yogurtland because even if it is crowded, the line moves quickly and I also find a great flavor that I haven’t yet tried!  I love the new Pina Colada! It’s light and has a great flavor! It’s great with fruit toppings and even a delicious cookie..or two!

My son wanted to try the OREO® Cookies & Creme Ice Cream but it was so popular at our local store, that they no longer had it! He still loves their other flavors of ice cream!  I was going to take a photo but he quickly started to eat his yogurt before I could get a photo.

I love that there are such great choices such as non-fat and low-fat and that they even have choices with no sugar!

Presently Yogurtland has more than 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Guam, Korea, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. 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 free gift card to facilitate this post. Image: SoCal City Kids. 

 

Looking for a great place to catch a bite to eat this holiday season? Islands is the place to go!

     

Are you out and about still shopping for the holidays? I know I am but only for a few more days…I hope! But, one of my favorite places to go and grab a quick bite is Islands! I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite Islands locations last week and as usual…the service and the food was great! My husband loves their burgers and he says they really have the freshest hamburger buns around!

I love their tacos! One of my favorites is the Islands’ Yaki Tacos – Flour tortillas stuffed with grilled chicken, teriyaki sauce, cheddar & Jack Cheese, fresh pineapple salsa, lettuce and tomatoes with a side of ranchero beans. But, I opted to try something new! I STILL had tacos but I tried their Northshore Tacos, Limited this time. It’s from their Paradise’s Bikini Beach options which are fewer calories but then I had to get a side of their guacamole…lol..so not sure if it was fewer calories by then but it was delicious!

I always have a wonderful time when I visit Islands! The customer service is amazing and I like that they have a wide variety of food so I always can try something new when I go there! I also tried their Chicken Tortilla Soup and I highly recommend it! If you are looking for an appetizer…you have to try my all time favorite: The Spinach and Artichoke Dip! Honestly, I can not go there and not order it!

     

Islands also offers a Gremmie menu including Li’l Sliders, Half Sandcastle (grilled cheese), Jr. Wave Burger and more.

**Additionally, Islands is giving a $5 bonus card for every $25 gift card purchase through December 31st**  Now, how cool is that?! So, don’t forget to go to Islands this holiday season! 

 

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to review Islands to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids. 

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.