Santa Monica Place Rings In Lunar New Year 2.17 Katherine Ho of The Voice on NBC to Host Celebration Featuring Chinese Dragon Dance, Korean Fan Dancers, Stilt Walkers, Traditional Live Music, Arts & Crafts and Wishing Trees

The Lion Dancer interacts with guests at Santa Monica Place’s 2017 Lunar New Year celebration. (Photo Courtesy of Santa Monica Place)

Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Dog with its annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 17 from 2 – 6 p.m. Hosted by Katherine Ho from The Voice on NBC, celebrations will include authentic cultural performances and activities such as the traditional Chinese dragon dance, Korean fan dance, stilt walkers, classical folk music from a Chinese musical duo, New Year’s Wishing Trees and family-friendly arts and crafts for all to enjoy.

Located steps away from the Pacific Ocean in Downtown Santa Monica and adjacent to Third Street Promenade, the unique, all-outdoor Santa Monica Place is home to Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, DVF, Hugo Boss, BARNEYS NEW YORK, Nike, dozens more shops and an inspired collection of restaurants and entertainment experiences including True Food Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Sonoma Wine Garden, ArcLight Cinemas and more. Santa Monica Place also is home to a growing set of engaging, digitally native brands, such as b8ta, Ministry of Supply, Monica + Andy, Peloton and others.


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“We are excited to integrate the cultural traditions of the Lunar New Year holiday into Santa Monica Place’s shopping and dining experience,” commented Stephanie Eglin, Senior Manager, Marketing, Santa Monica Place. “The holiday is important to locals as well as to our international visitors and this event will offer an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate.”

Santa Monica Place’s Lunar New Year celebration features a variety of free cultural activities for the whole family to experience. Patrons are invited to hang a wish on the branches of the two New Year’s Wishing Trees for a two-dollar donation. The proceeds will benefit Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at UCLA. CSSA-UCLA is an officially registered on-campus organization devoted to organizing activities for Chinese student groups and promoting traditional Chinese culture on the UCLA campus.

More information about Santa Monica Place and the annual Lunar New Year event is available here.

Santa Monica Place is located at 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, at Broadway and Third Street Promenade. The event will be held on level one in Center Plaza.

Lunar New Year Schedule of Events:

2 – 6 p.m.                              Chinese Music Duo

                                                Stilt Walkers

                                                Traditional Dough Artist

                                                Balloon Twister

                                                Arts & Crafts

                                                Wishing Trees

2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.     Korean Fan Dance

3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.     Chinese Dragon Dance


The Habit Burger Grill Introduces New Sesame Ginger Salad and it’s delicious!

For a limited time that began on January 31, The Habit Restaraunts, Inc, is introducing a new Asian-inspired Sesame Ginger Salad.

The new Sesame Ginger Salad ($7.99) combines crisp, fresh garden greens tossed in a flavorful sesame ginger dressing with carrots, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, tender edamame beans, and crunchy wonton strips. Tangy teriyaki sauce is then drizzled over the guest’s choice of perfectly chargrilled chicken or sushi-grade ahi tuna to top their salad. Like all menu items at The Habit, the Sesame Ginger Salad is made-to-order.

I just had to go and try it! It’s delicious! I love the sesame ginger dressing and the chicken is so tasty! I don’t usually like to order salads when I go out to eat but I definitely will be ordering this one again! They also have really tasty burgers and I love to get them wrapped in lettuce!

One reason I love to go eat at The Habit is because they have delicious sides too! One of my favorites is the Tempura Green Beans!

The Habit is known for its award-winning Charburger which features 100% fresh, never frozen ground beef grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and mayo served on a toasted bun. Their restaurants have been serving the Best Tasting Burger in America exactly this way since the first Habit opened in 1969.

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

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to try the new salad at The Habit Restaurant near me. An image was also provided.

Yogurtland Celebrates Seventh Annual International Frozen Yogurt Day On February 6, 2018 Guests Can Enjoy Free Yogurt, Ice Cream and Toppings, Including Limited-Edition Hershey’s® Flavors

The popular self-serve dessert spot, Yogurtland announces plans for the seventh annual International Frozen Yogurt Day celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 6 where fans can enjoy free frozen yogurt, ice cream and toppings from 4pm – 7pm at all participating locations.

This year, Yogurtland’s celebration of dessert creativity will include two new handcrafted flavors made in collaboration with The Hershey Company:

Chocolate Malt Ball Ice Cream made with Whoppers®- This tasty treat combines delicious real Whoppers, cocoa and malt powder to serve up a creamy ice cream. Similar to the chocolate covered malt ball with a yummy malt center, this flavor leads with delectable malt and is followed by notes of milk chocolate.

Chocolate Wafer Bar Frozen Yogurt made with KitKat®- Bringing together milk chocolate followed by delicious wafer cookie, this flavor combines all the things we know and love about KitKats. This flavor combines real KitKat, cocoa and malt powder to serve up a delicious froyo.

This year’s Yogurtland International Frozen Yogurt Day celebration is sponsored by Hershey’s® and The California Milk Advisory Board.

“International Frozen Yogurt Day is the perfect way to celebrate all things Yogurtland,” said Chad Bailey, senior director of marketing, Yogurtland. “We hope everyone will come in and celebrate with us by creating their own tasty treat using any of our yogurt and ice cream flavors, plus delicious topping options.”

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.

Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors, ice cream, and 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 320 locations across the U.S., Australia, Dubai, Guam, , Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Venezuela. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit or

Credit: Yogurtland.


Los Angeles Zoo Celebrates Valentine’s Day By Offering A Special Online 2 FOR 1 Discount*, $10 Off Any Membership Purchase AND AN EXCLUSIVE #LAZOOLOVE PHOTO OP! ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 10 am- 4 pm

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.

Spend some koala-ty time with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day at the L.A. Zoo by taking advantage of a 2 for 1 discount* for all couples on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm. Purchase a general adult admission ticket and receive a second ticket of equal or lesser value for free. Offer is available for online ticket purchases only using discount code: LAZOOLOVE Tickets available at Limit 6 ticket purchases per person. Guests will also be able to enjoy a #LAZooLove Valentine’s Day photo op. All visitors are encouraged to use the hashtag #LAZooLove during their visit.

Zoo visitors who purchase a membership before entry will receive an exclusive $10 discount* applied to any member level when purchased at the membership booth on February 14, 2018 only. Discount is applicable for new members only. More information about membership levels and benefits can be found at:

*Discount cannot be combined with any other offer or previously purchased tickets.

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.
About the Los Angeles Zoo
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which holds member institutions to rigorous professions standards for animal welfare, the Los Angeles Zoo is renowned as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, the L.A. Zoo is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at

Ling Ling Asian Food Los Angeles Event with Katie Chin Celebrate Chinese New Year with Ling Ling!

Self Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Ling Ling Asian Food Los Angeles Event (at Hipcooks in West L.A.)  with a wonderful group of Bloggers and the amazing Chef Katie Chin. It was an amazing experience and I especially enjoyed learning great cooking tips from Katie Chin and tasting the delicious Ling Ling food products! We were put into small groups and we actually made two recipes: Kale with Ginger, which is a delicious salad and Sweet & Spicy Green Beans. They were simple recipes and Katie Chin made everything seem super easy!

I know that I will be making both of these recipes for my family for Chinese New Year! My favorite was the Sweet & Spicy Green Beans!


Besides having so much fun at this event and meeting Katie Chin, my favorite thing was trying the delicious Ling Ling food! I had tried the Fried Rice before but had not tried the Noodles or the Potstickers. So, I was really excited to try both of them!


It’s really difficult to just pick one of their products as my ultimate favorite because everything was so good! I loved the delicious Authentic Asian Style Noodles! They were absolutely tasty! I tried the Drunken Noodles and the Yakisoba Noodles and I liked both of them so cannot choose between the two! I am already a big fan of Ling Ling’s Fried Rice so I am planning to make it for Chinese New Year for my family. If I have to choose a favorite though, it would be the Potstickers! I hadn’t tried them before and let’s just say…you can’t just have one! I REALLY can’t wait to find these at my local store and make them for the Chinese New Year! You can check out Ling Ling’s website here!

I also learned so much about Chinese New Year from the knowledgeable Chef Katie Chin and I am truly looking forward to making a celebration for my family this year! I actually am planning to make a feast with Ling Ling Fried Rice, Noodles and Potstickers. I am also on the lookout to find their Spring Rolls!  I will also be buying a few Red & Gold decorations and you can easily use red napkins and Oriental Trading and World Market have some really nice decorations.

I also learned about some Chinese New Year customs and superstitions from Katie Chin. Two of my favorites are the following:

1. Greeting friends with oranges or tangerines during the New Year will ensure that your friendships remain intact.

2. No sweeping on New Year’s Day as you’ll sweep all your good luck out the door. No sweeping for me on February 16th!

Here are a couple more:

Stepping into new shoes on New Year’s morning to start your year off on the right foot (A Personal Favorite of Chef Katie)
Distribution of Red Envelopes (signifying Joy and Luck) filled with money to start the year with prosperity.

So, how do you plan to celebrate Chine New Year this February 16th? Don’t forget to look for the tasty Ling Ling products at your local store! Find out where to buy here!


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 or


Self Disclosure: I received a free gift card to facilitate this post. Image: SoCal City Kids. 


The Not-Its! Rock Torrance’s Armstrong Theater on February 11th! Expect to Dance at This All-Ages Rock Show at 2 pm

The Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation presents an all-ages rock show featuring Seattle-based The Not-Its! on Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm.The highly interactive dance party will be held at the James R. Armstrong Theater, and tickets ($10 to $20) are available now online
For more than eight years now, The Not-Its! have rocked kids and families with their uptempo albums and live concerts. These high-jumping performers give children their first “rock show” experience. With six acclaimed and award-winning albums, this high-jumping quintet  has risen to become one of the top touring bands in the nation’s “kindie rock” movement. They’re currently writing and recording new songs for their seventh album to be released later this year.
The Not-Its! are hailed by USA Today for their “smart, catchy children’s music.”  Time Out New York recommends their “90s power-punk sound with lush, four-part pop harmonies that will take parents back to their show-going days.”
The Not-Its! may be the nation’s best-dressed kids’ band, sporting skinny pink ties and fluffy pink tutus that appeal to kids’ discerning fashion sense. Their high-energy stage performances bring audiences on their feet and jumping around with delight. Lead singer Sarah Shannon is well known for her work with the ’90s rock group Velocity Girl. Drummer Michael Welke played with Harvey Danger, and band mates Danny Adamson, Tom Baisden, Jennie Helman can all boast of past lives as touring rock stars. The Not-Its! are part of a creative collaborative group known as the Seattle Kindiependent (along with Caspar Babypants and Recess Monkey), making Puget Sound “Ground Zero for cool kids’ music” (  In addition to this rare So Cal show, the band will also perform in Washington, DC, and New York City this winter. 

Learn more about The Not-Its! at
Check out hilarious Not-Its! music videos here:
Credit: Sugar Mountain PR.

MONSTER JAM® Crushes Through Angel Stadium of Anaheim with Record-Setting Five Action-Packed SoCal Events 2018 Anaheim Event Schedule Includes Jan. 13th, Jan. 27th, Feb. 10th and Feb. 24th & 25th **Seven New Trucks Making Their Anaheim Debut Appearances**


Featuring more Monster Jam® events than any other city in the country, the 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks are ready to roar full throttle back into Angel Stadium of Anaheim with a newly added 5th weekend event – marking the first-ever Sunday event for Southern California fans!  Now the most adrenaline-charged motorsports experience for families on the planet returns to Anaheim in 2018 with more action and bigger trucks than ever before ready to battle it out in the ultimate event of speed, racing, stunts and demolition for another season of high-octane weekend events between January 13 – February 25, 2018.


This year’s massive truck lineup features appearances by Monster Jam super-truck icons Grave Digger® and MAX-D™, along with World Finals Champions El Toro Loco®, Son Uva Digger®, Overkill Evolution, Avenger, Bounty Hunter and VP Racing Fuel’s® Mad Scientist.  The season is highlighted by seven trucks making their Anaheim debut appearances including all-new 2018 season trucks BroDozer (inspired by the popular Discovery Channel TV show “Diesel Brothers”) and Whiplash, along with Mutant, Rammuntion, Hotsy and Black Pearl plus the newest member of the Monster Jam beasts family – the menacing giant shark Megalodon.


Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.   Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. New in 2018 across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.


In addition to the world-class racing and freestyle competition action, fans can come to the stadium early to enjoy the Monster Jam® Pit Party pre-show experience – which gives fans unparalleled access to view their favorite trucks up-close and meet the star drivers for autographs & photos. New for 2018, Monster Jam has introduced the limited quantity Pit Party Early Access Pass that provides fans early entry into the Pit Party one hour before open to the general public (at Saturday events only).

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 13, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM


Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Adam Anderson; Max-D driven by Neil Elliott; El Toro Loco® driven by Bryan Wright; Megalodon driven by Alex Blackwell; Whiplash driven by Brianna Mahon; Mutant driven by    Todd LeDuc; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior driven by Bryce Kenny;  Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Brad Allen; Avenger driven by Jim Koehler; Big Kahuna driven by Shane England; Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon;   Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo;  Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims; and Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal.                          **Truck line-up subject to change



WHEN:                 Saturday, January 27, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM


Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Adam Anderson; Max-D driven by Neil Elliott; El Toro Loco® driven by Bryan Wright; Megalodon driven by Alex Blackwell; Whiplash driven by Brianna Mahon; Mutant driven by    Todd LeDuc; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior driven by Bryce Kenny;  Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Brad Allen; Avenger driven by Jim Koehler; Big Kahuna driven by Shane England; Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon;   Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo;  Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims; and Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal.

**Truck line-up subject to change


WHEN:                 Saturday, February 10, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM


Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Charlie Pauken; Max-D driven by Tom Meents; El Toro Loco driven by Chuck Werner; Monster Mutt Dalmatian driven by Candice Jolly; Brodozer driven by Colt Stephens; Team Hot Wheels driven by Scott Buetow; Scooby-Doo driven by Mike Thompson; Pirate’s Curse driven by Cory Rummell; Wild Flower driven by Rosalee Ramer; Devastator driven by Mark Schroeder; Obsessed driven by Eric Swanson; Over Bored driven by Jamey Garner; and Time Flys driven by Kelvin Ramer.                              **Truck line-up subject to change


WHEN:                 Saturday, February 24, 2018

                                Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 25, 2018

                                Pit Party open from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 1:00 PM)                                               Event Time – 3:00 PM


Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Randy Brown; Son-uva Digger driven by Ryan Anderson; Dragon driven by Jon Zimmer; Gas Monkey Garage driven by BJ Johnson; Scooby-Doo driven by Hayley Gauley; VP Racing Fuels’ Mad Scientist driven by Lee O’Donnell; Xtreme Diesel driven by Dave Radzierez; Barbarian driven by Devin Jones; Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters II; Black Stallion driven by Mike Vaters; Bounty Hunter driven by Austin Minton;  Iron Outlaw driven by Mike Christensen; Hotsy driven by Kurt Kraehmer; and Rammunition driven by Mat Dishman.                                                                                                                                **Truck line-up subject to change


WHERE:               Angel Stadium of Anaheim – 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806


PIT PARTY:          Open from 2:30 PM–5:30 PM prior to each Saturday event; 11:30 AM–1:30 PM on Sunday Feb. 25

Exclusive Pit Party Early Access Pass entrance at 1:30 PM (Saturday events only)

**Event ticket and Pit Passes are required for entry; Pit Passes available to purchase for $10 each


TICKETS:               Ticket prices start at just $25!

Pit Passes available for $10 each; Pit Party Early Access Pass pricing starts at $50 each


Tickets now on sale – all seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at or charge by phone at 800-745-3000; tickets will be available for purchase in-person at the Angel Stadium box office starting December 4, 2017.

                                **Ticket prices subject to change – additional venue/ticketing fees may apply.

For specific info on each Monster Jam Anaheim event, please visit these sites:

Jan. 13:

Jan. 27:

Feb. 10:

Feb. 24 & 25:


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