Archives for November 18, 2016

Los Angeles Zoo “ZooLAbrates” 50th Anniversary Of Opening Day In 1966 With 50% Off Admission/Most Food And Beverage, 50th Birthday Cake-Style Treats For Animals, And Birthday Party Featuring Birthday Cake, Walk With Animals And More Monday, November 28, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens


The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens marks 50 years from the day it opened in 1966 with an extra-special discount of 50% off admission/food and beverage purchases (except alcohol and Reggie’s Bistro dining) and a “ZooLAbration” Birthday Party on Monday, November 28, 2016.  A “walk with the animals” begins the day at 10 am when guests are led from the front of the Zoo to the party by costumed characters and keepers with animals from the Zoo’s “walk-about” program.  From 10 to 10:30 am, the Birthday Party, which takes place at the “ZooLAbrate” stage near the Eucalyptus Grove, features a themed birthday cake served to visitors, a gigantic birthday card for guests to sign with their best birthday wishes, and presentations by John Lewis, L.A. Zoo Director, and Connie Morgan, President of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, as well as other special guests.  Throughout the day until 4 pm, a slate of animals receives special enrichment birthday cake-style treats.  As part of the “ZooLAbration,” a new microsite at provides opportunities for the public to submit Zoo memories and offers special content including L.A. Zoo milestones, upcoming events and more.

“ZooLAbrate” encompasses not only the L.A. Zoo’s key role as a world-class destination and an important community asset but also its critical successes in conservation, quality of life and premier care for animals.  Having recently completed a $172 million master plan which significantly improved the Zoo facility, the 50th anniversary coincides with the early planning stages of a new Master Plan for the future.

Admission purchased in person at the L.A. Zoo is 50% off on November 28 ONLY: $10 for general ages 13 to 61 (regularly $20); $8.50 for seniors ages 62+ (regularly $17), and $7.50 for children ages 2 to 12 (regularly $15).  Children under two are free.  Birthday Party activities are free with paid L.A. Zoo admission.  Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.  See for details.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered, as well as a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  The L.A. Zoo’s lush grounds on 113 acres feature Rainforest of the Americas, an extraordinary collection of endangered and exotic mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians living in spaces that exemplify their natural habitat in the rainforest biosphere; Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, home to one of the largest troops of chimpanzees in the United States; Red Ape Rain Forest, where visitors can walk among orangutans; the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles); Elephants of Asia; Campo Gorilla Reserve; and one of the largest flocks of flamingos in any zoo in the world.  Among other highlights are an extraordinary, hands-on Hippo Encounter; the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo and Muriel’s Ranch animal contact area; the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel; a variety of daily opportunities to learn more about animals, including close-up visits, special feedings and intriguing talks; and much more.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 60,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  Free parking is available.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027, (323) 644-4200.  For tickets and more, visit and
Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo. Photo Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.

Woof Yeah – Pup-Peroni is helping me share the deliciousness of tailgate season with my pooch!

The air is crisp, the pigskin is getting tossed around, and the grill’s getting fired up! For me, there’s no better feeling than grilling tender, juicy steaks for my buds during a football game. The succulent smell’s got my belly grumbling and my pooch’s tail wagging!
Seeing as how he’s one of my best buds, I wanted to find a way to celebrate the deliciousness of meaty grilled filet mignon and bacon with my favorite four-legged friend.
So we picked up Pup-Peroni’s new Filet Mignon & Bacon Flavors treats and brought them to the tailgate party for our pooch. And I’m glad we did – you should have seen his reaction. He could barely contain himself as he wagged, jumped and yelped all at the same time. These treats had us high-fiving in no time!
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Pup-Peroni treats are no joke – they’re made with delicious real angus steak and bacon flavors that our dog absolutely loves. Plus the soft, chewy texture gets his tail wagging! I think I enjoy giving him these Filet Mignon & Bacon Flavors treats as much as he loves eating them! There’s nothing like sharing my favorite part of football season with my best friend. Woof Yeah!
No matter how you celebrate your “tail”-gate this season, you and your pooch will be saying ‘woof yeah’ to the tasty flavor of Pup-Peroni Filet Mignon & Bacon treats! Check out this fun ‘Woof Yeah’ video to see what your pup is really craving.
What is your favorite Woof Yeah! moment with your dog? My really favorite time of all is going on walks! Let me know in the comments below!
Self Disclosure: I received a  Pup-Peroni “Tail-gate Treats” to facilitate this post.

Kogi Opens at Whole Foods Market® Plaza El Segundo Store celebrated grand re-opening with unveiling of Roy Choi’s latest venue!


Whole Foods Market has partnered Los Angeles chef Roy Choi to open a Kogi location inside its El Segundo store, which opened on Wednesday, Nov. 9th, at 760 S Sepulveda Blvd  in Plaza El Segundo. The opening coincided with the completion of a major remodel to the 66,500-square-foot store.


Located within the prepared foods section, Kogi will offer a full menu of its famed tacos, burritos and favorites like the Short Rib Tacos, Blackjack Quesadillas and Blue Moon Mulitas seven days a week. All menu items are made on site and meet Whole Foods Market’s strict quality standards.

“Every menu item is prepared with the same OG Kogi love, the freshest ingredients and our shared commitment to quality,” said Roy Choi, who co-founded Kogi. “We are so proud to continue to be a trailblazer in being the first concept of its kind in now two Los Angeles Whole Foods Market stores.”


Kogi is the second Roy Choi venue within a Whole Foods Market store, Chego opened last year in the company’s downtown Los Angeles location.  It is Kogi’s first stationary South Bay location.


“People follow Kogi’s trucks all over Southern California,” said Patrick Bradley, President, Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific Region. “Now locals can make it a regular lunch spot or grab Kogi to go when picking up their groceries. We’re thrilled to offer this experience within the South Bay’s new and improved El Segundo store.”

The updated store includes new offerings in almost every department. It was designed to provide shoppers with a more streamlined, efficient shopping experience and new culinary innovations like the partnership with Kogi and the recently opened, the 2ND,” with 36 beers on tap, 12+ wines by the glass and seasonal menu with items like cauliflower nachos, avocado toast, “boozy” gelato and a brunch menu on the weekends.


Additional updates:

  • Smokehouse menu in the meat department, plus expanded marinated and value section
  • A self-serve pizza station and new pizza menu in prepared foods
  • Huge beer and wine selection featuring more than 850 types of beer including local limited release offerings
  • The largest bulk pet food section of any Southern California Whole Foods Market store
  • Beautifully designed juice & smoothie bar with made-to-order smoothies, juices and “boost-ups” like pressed ginger, turmeric and wheatgrass.
  • Updated coffee bar with custom espresso drinks, featuring local Bodhi Leaf blend on cold brew
  • Renovated beauty and body care department with a curated selection of premium body care
  • Made to order poke bar – opening November 17
  • A scratch bread program in bakery and a bread bar – opening January 2017



For more on Kogi, check out @RidingShotgunLA and @KogiBBQ on Twitter and Instagram. For details on all upcoming events and activities, click here, follow the store on Facebook or @wfmsouthbay on Instagram.

 Credit: Whole Foods Market.

About Whole Foods Market® 

Founded in 1978 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, NASDAQ: WFM), is the

leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole

Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s

motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer

satisfaction and health, team member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value,

community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 87,000 team

members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in

America by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2015, the company had sales of

more than $15.4 billion and currently has more than 455 stores in the United States, Canada and the

United Kingdom.


A New Unique Cooking Tool that You Must-Try! The Smartbowl!


Does cooking great meals for one take a long time? Not anymore! You can make easy and quick meals in your Microwave with The Smartbowl! What is Smartbowl? A technologically advanced set of bowls that turn your microwave into a stove.  You will now be able to do more than reheat. You can actually cook delicious, healthy food in minutes as well as use the Smartbowls to freeze, store, and even put on top of an open flame as well as broil. I love how super easy these are to use! Cooking is so much easier now!


The bowls are made in Japan by the Hario factory (heat-resistant glassware company since 1921 known for quality coffee gear) from borosilicate glass and come with silicone lids.  This combination creates a cooking environment in the microwave that works like a pressure cooker—speeding up your cooking while keeping great taste and texture.

I also love the recipe book that is included! My favorites are the Poached Egg and the Garlicky Shrimp Scampi! It takes less than 5 minutes to make some of these recipes! The Poached Egg only takes about a minute! Now, how cool is that?!

Smartbowl has also worked with Celebrity Chef Art Smith to create 80 recipes for a companion Smartbowl Cookbook. Within minutes of opening the box, you can get Smartcooking with such super-simple recipes as:

  • Smart Start Blueberry Oatmeal (90 seconds to what chef Art credits to getting him on the path to healthy)
  • Salmon & Kale (2 minutes and your daily dose of brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Ooey, Gooey, Mocha Chocolate Cake (4 minutes and kids can make this one for themselves)


Available exclusively online at

Everyone on your holiday shopping list will want one of these!


Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photos were provided.

Must-Haves for the Fall! Here are some of my personal favorites this season!


Primal Essence Super Teas! I love how favorable these are and how you only need to use a small amount at a time. Chai is my favorite! Overflowing with flavor derived directly from whole plants, teas and coconut oil from Primal Essence ( are helping redefine some of our favorite beverages and foods.


SEA SALT FROM THE STILL-PURE WATERS OF NEW ZEALAND – David Noll, CEO of New Zealand importer Pacific Resources International ( is on a mission to help consumers discover the superior attributes of New Zealand Pacific Sea Salt as compared to traditional table salt.   This one has been a big hit with my husband who loves to BBQ and he’s a great cook too! 


GOIN’ BANANAS! Edward & Sons (, the company that first introduced organic coconut milk and Miso-Cup instant soup mix to American consumers, has just debuted a new line of Banana Flour that’s a perfect alternative to wheat flour. I was hesitant to try this Banana Flour but am really impressed!  I also had the opportunity to try the Miso-Cup and the Gluten Free Ice cream cones.

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I recommend all! But, my favorite is the Banana Flour! It is wonderful for baking! It will be great for the upcoming holiday season! all-time favorite is the MANUKA HONEY Caramels! These were a hit in my house and did not last long at all!


FINE MANUKA HONEY CHOCOLATES & CARAMELS – Holidays and chocolate go hand in hand, so why not try some of New Zealand’s tastiest and freshest Manuka Honey chocolate and caramel varieties ( Everyone in my house loved these especially the Caramels!

Don’t forget to check all of them out this Fall!


Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photos were provided.

Presto Makes For a Safer House!


Looking to make your laundry room a safer place for young children?  Presto has created the new child-resistant Child-Guard closure designed for resealable flexible packaging, such as that used for laundry pods, to give parents more time to react to potentially dangerous situations. And, not to mention, more piece of mind.

I received a sample and I have to admit that I am pretty impressed! I almost couldn’t open it myself! I like that it definitely is child-proof! 

Child-Guard ™ is the first ever child-resistant closure system designed specifically for products that use flexible packaging.

Why is Child-Guard important to moms everywhere?

Flexible packaging represents approximately 18 percent of the total packaging market and it’s the fastest growing type of packaging in all consumer goods markets.


That means common household products such as laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, pesticides, herbicides, pool chemicals and lawn and garden products will sold in flexible packages without a child-resistant closure, could be very easy for children to open and get into and resulting in accidental poisonings.


Just last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevents received more than 1.3 million calls involving poison exposure for children.


The makers of Child-Guard™ knew there was void in the flexible packaging industry for a child-resistant zipper and committed themselves to developing a solution that would satisfy this critical market need.


Child-Guard meets industry packaging and federal Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) standards.

How does it work?

Great lengths were taken to create a package closure that designed to keep children safe, yet also easy for adults to operate.

To open the package, the consumer must first move the slider to left point of the zipper. Next the consumer should push down on the slider’s tab and at the same time pull the slider to the right along the track. I mentioned it is tough to open but once I did open it..I easily was able to get used to it and it is not that difficult for adults!

What consumer products currently have Child-Guard™ on their package?

Tide PODS® recently debuted a new ad campaign featuring the Child-Guard™ closure.

Child-Guard ™ can also be found on Hex Detergent.


Where can I learn more about Child-Guard?

Visit to learn more about this important innovation. This website offers parents household safety tips and advice for keeping kids safe.


Who are the makers of Child-Guard™?

Child-Guard™ is made by Presto Products Company a market leader in the private label and flexible packaging industries.

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  • Share the “What is Child-Guard™ educational video” and Don’t forget to  spread the word hashtag #GuardIt

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photo/Info was also provided.