Archives for April 4, 2017

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.

Get the Look! March Trend: Bright Stripes! with Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole

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Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole always has her finger on the latest nail trends and this month she recommends bright stripes- a rainbow bright manicure with big impact. When explaining her inspiration for Bright Stripes, Madeline reported that “tons of bright colors revived the 80’s this spring 2017 season. There was no shortage of saturation”. So Madeline followed suit with a manicure to match this runway trend. Want to get this look yourself? See below for a step by step guide to achieving this look right at home, with just Sally Hansen Nail Colors and a toothpick!

I love these Spring Nail shades from Sally Hansen and I love this look!

Step 1: Apply two thin coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Tipsy Gipsy and allow to dry
 
 
 
 Step 2:  Use a toothpick to paint one fine stripe on each nail with Miracle Gel in Fish-Teal Braid 
 
 
 
Step 3: Apply a coat of Miracle Gel Top Coat to seal your manicure.
 
Look for the products at retailers where Sally Hansen products are sold!

Price: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color and Top Coat: $9.99 each.
Self Disclosure: I received free products to facilitate this post. Credit goes to Sally Hansen for this Spring time beauty look. Photos were also provided.

Minnesota Zoo and Okee Dokee Brothers Team Up To Engage Families with Nature, with a New Song, Countin’ on Me Available on iTunes ; Sales Benefit Wildlife Conservation

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The Minnesota Zoo and the Okee Dokee Brothers are proud to announce the release of a new single celebrating the Minnesota Zoo’s mission to save wildlife. The Minnesota Zoo commissioned “Countin’ on Me” from the Grammy Award-winning duo to serve as its conservation theme song. The lyrics poetically communicate our shared responsibility to help save wildlife, and reference three species native to Minnesota that the Minnesota Zoo has restored or is working to restore in the wild – bison, butterflies and trumpeter swans.

 

The commission developed from a collaboration between the Minnesota Zoo and the Okee Dokee Brothers, who share a passion for nature and a mission to encourage kids and families to explore the natural world. These common values are at the heart of their collaboration, which began in July 2015 with the opening of a nature play area and continued with several special appearances at the Minnesota Zoo by bandleaders Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander.

 

The single, “Countin’ on Me,” will be available for purchase on iTunes beginning March 16. All proceeds from the purchase of the single will support the Minnesota Zoo and its wildlife conservation efforts.

 

Justin and Joe will debut the single live at the Zoo during a special animal encounter on Saturday, March 18. Their appearance is free with Zoo admission, but due to space limitations, RSVPs are required. Learn more at www.mnzoo.org/okeedokeebrothers.

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The Okee Dokee Brothers

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As kids in Colorado, Justin and Joe grew up together exploring nearby creeks, trails, woods and rivers. Twenty years later as the Okee Dokee Brothers, they are still roaming the outdoors together, but with a mission and a couple of guitars in their packs. Now based in Minneapolis, the Grammy Award-winning folk singer-songwriters are advocates for adventure.

More about the Minnesota Zoo

 

       

 

The Minnesota Zoo is a year-round destination located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. The Zoo’s mission is to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

 

Don’t want to cook tonight? Try Munchery!

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It’s been one of those weeks and you are so tired of cooking dinner! Yes, there is a solution! It’s easy, delicious and even affordable! Have you heard of Munchery?

Munchery the leading chef-prepared meal delivery service, is expanding to 1.2 million new households nationwide, including Southern California. In SoCal, Munchery has extended coverage to 740,000 additional homes in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Riverside. This includes rural and suburban locations where there is unmet demand for high-quality food delivery options. The expansion also includes Seattle and DC, which brings Munchery’s serviceable footprint to 25 million households across over 1,000 cities in America.

Munchery has been delivering chef-prepared meals using fresh, wholesome and mostly local ingredients for over five years.

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I had the opportunity to try out their service and I really am impressed! Actually, it is my favorite meal delivery service! I have tried ones in the past where you chop and cook and follow a recipe. What I love about Munchery is that there really is very little cooking involved. The meals are chilled and not frozen so you simply heat them up! The meals are completely fresh and made in kitchens, not warehouses. You can also put in your order for the week and not just one day a week. For example, I put in an order for a Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  They have great choices like Chicken Chili and Cornbread, (My personal favorite!) Caesar Salmon, and Texas Style Chili dogs. The Texas Style Chili dogs were also a hit with my family!

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So, what are you waiting for? Check out Munchery today!

More about Munchery:

About Munchery
Munchery makes delicious, healthy, ready-to-eat meals and cooking kits that are crafted by critically-acclaimed local chefs. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in San Francisco, Munchery is the leading end-to-end food delivery company with a service footprint that covers 25 million households in the U.S. With control of its entire food service value chain, Munchery has the capability to continuously optimize multiple points of operations and deliver better personalized food experiences–-from developing original recipes, sourcing fresh ingredients, creating incredible dishes, packing environmentally-friendly materials, to delivering fresh meals directly to customers. Visit Munchery’s website for more information, and join its community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Self Disclosure: I received free meal delivery services to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received.

 

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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R.M. Palmer has the Best Chocolate for Easter! Special Easter Giveaway!

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Easter is almost here! What is the holiday without chocolate bunnies? I know it was always a favorite of mine as a young child! I have to admit that I was secretly thrilled that my Mom made me an Easter basket through my college years!

My favorites this year are the chocolate bunnies from R.M. Palmer! The Hoppity’s Hideout Hollow Milk Chocolate Bunny is huge! I also love the Snap & Share Bunny because it is just perfect to share with someone special!

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But, if you are looking for delicious chocolate eggs to add to a basket the Big Bummy Bites are a must-buy! They taste so good especially the Peanut Butter ones! I think they are my favorite!

Check out all their Easter candy here!  Their website also has fun Easter crafts, personalized Easter Bunny letter, and a Candy store locator! R.M. Palmer has also just launched an e-commerce site, https://shop.rmpalmer.com, to help consumers year-round who are planning big occasions and want to get the perfect colors and themed candy for their event.

Check them out on Facebook too!

We have teamed up for a Special Easter Candy Giveaway! To enter, leave a comment below telling us which one you think would be your favorite! You may just win! Deadline to enter is April 7th, 2017 at 8 am pst. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org. *U.S. residents only. 

Self Disclosure: I received free delicious chocolate candy to facilitate this post. Photos were also provided.