Archives for 2018

Newport Beach Wellness Week Family Day Fitness can be fun, especially on the water. Try for your personal best navigating the water inflatables obstacle course at the Newport Dunes on Sunday, Aug. 26, starting at 8 a.m.

Tickets are valued at $89, but for Newport Mesa Moms with the flash sale link<> and code, they are just $20. Sale ends Wednesday, Aug. 22. Tickets include:

*   Four-hour water park pass and parking. Obstacle course opens at 8 a.m.
*   Breakfast buffet from 9-10 a.m.
*   Celebrity meet and greet (8-10 a.m.), including Misty May-Treanor (event host – 3x Olympic Gold Medalist), Teddi Mellencamp (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Hitman Huseman (Boxhaus Founder & Head Coach), Katie Dunlop (Love Sweat Fitness), Alli and Bobby Talley (The Traveling Newlyweds), Brittany Sturgess (Head Trainer at Burn Boot Camp) and Matt Bourne (GritCycle Owner & Master Instructor)
*   Gift bag

Credit: Newport Dunes.

Go Organically Gives Back Sweepstakes!


GO wants to give back to one of 5 in-need schools across the U.S. In partnership with First Book, Go Organically is asking consumers to vote for one of these 5 deserving schools for a chance to win additional Book Wishes, an e-reader, beanbag chair and more.  Book Wishes allow 50 other educators across the country to stock up on school supplies, backpacks, and more for their students as we head into the next school year.

Enter for a chance to Win

Go Organically Fruit Snacks has teamed up with First Book to provide one lucky school with Back-to-School kits filled with items they need! Vote for a deserving school—and be entered for a chance to win an e-reader, beanbag chair and more. Learn more here.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must 18+. Ends 11:59 p.m. ET 8/29/18. For Rules, visit

Self Disclosure: This sweepstakes is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids. Credit: Go Organically and First Book. 

Crazy Rich Asians – Fantastic Visuals, Amazing Acting, Complex and Fun Storyline

The story follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick’s (Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. Before long, his secret is out: Nick is from a family that is impossibly wealthy, he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Calista B. comments, “The visuals in this film are fantastic. This film takes place mostly in Singapore and it looks gorgeous. From the street vendors, to the crazy mansions, to the wedding, which is fairytale phenomenal, this movie is just amazing to look at.” See her full review below.

Crazy Rich Asians

By Calista B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14

I usually dislike romantic comedies. Romance is probably my least favorite genre. I find it almost impossible to make rom coms interesting or unique. However, every once in a while, a movie like this appears. This movie is actually very enjoyable and made me laugh out loud.

The story follows Rachel Chu as she accompanies her rich boyfriend, Nick Young, to Singapore for a wedding. She meets his family and tries to get along with them. The plot is very straightforward, but it is compelling mainly through the dialogue and acting. Also the visuals.

The visuals in this film are fantastic. This film takes place mostly in Singapore and it looks gorgeous. From the street vendors, to the crazy mansions, to the wedding, which is fairytale phenomenal, this movie is just amazing to look at. I am also not a fashionista, but the outfits are just incredible. Kudos to the costume designer, Mary E. Vogt. There’s also a really cool scene near the beginning where someone sending a text is visualized as a stream of color traveling to the person’s phone. It looks really cool.  Now, a big part of this movie is the fact that the entire cast is Asian and yet, this is a mainstream Hollywood movie. Representation is very important to me and the last movie with a full Asian cast (that I remember) was in the nineties. This is what made me originally excited for this movie. Of course, this film isn’t only good because of the representation and it works a lot on other levels.

First, the acting. The actors in this film are amazing. There are two actors who truly caught my eye: Gemma Chan as Astrid Leong is mesmerizing on screen and Peik Lin Goh is played by Awkwafina, who is my new favorite comedy actor. I love her voice. These actors are the standouts for me, but everyone else is also great. There are some really good mother-daughter emotional scenes. I almost teared up, which is something impressive. The dialogue in this film is also really great. It feels so natural. I feel like I’ll be quoting this movie a lot.

Nick’s Mom is the villain, but she is complex and believes she has her family’s best interest in mine. This is more than your basic Cinderella story. I love learning about other cultures through media and now, going to Singapore is on my bucket list! You might leave the theatre a little envious, but we can all dream.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 to 18. It comes out on August 15, 2018 so look for it.


Photos © 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC




Join Celebrity Chef George Duran on a Quest for the Perfect Cheeseburger Enter the Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger Contest to Win Big Contest Runs from Now to August 27th

Jarlsberg® Cheese famous worldwide for its mild, mellow and nutty flavor and ooey gooey meltability, launches a global recipe global contest starring two best friends: burgers and cheese.  Cheese fans and all foodies can enter the Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger contest from July 2nd to August 27th at Entrants will have the chance to win exclusiveJarlsberg® Grill Kits every week and the grand prize is a Big Green Egg Grill, so that winners can re-create their favorite Jarlsberg® burgers, just in time for Labor Day weekend!

The program also offers some great new burger ideas from Celebrity Chef George Duran.  Duran, the Venezuelan born American chef, is well known for hosting cooking programs on TLC and Food Network and his appearances on numerous TV shows. He has created four distinctly different Jarlsberg® burger recipes, including one vegetarian burger and one burger with grilled pineapple slices in place of burger buns.

Each of Chef Duran’s four burger recipes offer a summer story and their own film: The Marvelous Meltdown (Jarlsberg® Fondue Burger), Melted Maui Madness (Pineapple Bun Jarlsberg® Burger), The Viva La Quinoa (Quinoa and Red Lentil with Jarlsberg®), and The Brooklyn Bacon Bonanza (Bacon Burger Stuffed with Jarlsberg®). The burgers are placed in different settings, and the ambience is quintessentially New York: three of the four burger shorts are filmed in a Williamsburg brownstone, and the fourth on a rooftop in Queens with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.

Enjoy these creative, fun summer BBQ recipes from Jarlsberg® and Chef George Duran. To see all of the Summer Global Jarlsberg® Burgers, visit

 The Marvelous Melt-down – Fondue Burger                              

 For the burgers:

1 tbsp. panko-style breadcrumbs

1 tbsp. heavy cream

1 1/2 lb minced beef

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp. salt

1/4 tbsp. black pepper


4 sesame burger buns


Chopped scallions

Red pepper flakes (optional)

 For the Jarlsberg® fondue sauce:

2 tbsp. butter

2 tbsp flour

1 C. of whole milk

1 1/2 C. of grated Jarlsberg® cheese


  1. In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and heavy cream until absorbed ( about 3 – 4 minutes)
  2. In a large bowl, mix the beef with the garlic and breadcrumb mixture until combined. Season with salt and pepper and form 4 large burgers. Make a large indentation in the middle of each burger and preheat your grill.
  3. In the meantime, make the Jarlsberg® cheese fondue sauce by melting the butter in a small saucepan and whisking in the flour. Whisk over a medium heat until browned. Slowly whisk in the milk and allow to thicken (about 3 – 4 minutes). Add the grated Jarlsberg® and whisk until smooth. Keep some cheese aside.
  4. Grill each burger as desired, spread butter inside the buns and toast lightly. Arrange lettuce on the bottom half of the bun, followed by the burger. Then pour fondue sauce on top of the burger. Add the other half of the bun and pour more fondue sauce over the top.
  5. Garnish with scallions and red pepper flakes.

Makes 4 burgers

Melted Maui Madness



1 1/2 lb. minced beef

1 tbsp. tomato paste

1 tbsp. teriyaki sauce

1 tbsp. kosher salt

Non-stick spray

4 thick pineapple rings

4 red bell pepper rings

4 slices Jarlsberg® cheese

Thinly-sliced red onions

8 slices of cooked bacon (optional)

Lettuce and tomato



  1. Pre-heat your grill.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the beef with the tomato paste, teriyaki sauce and salt.

Form 4 equal-sized burger patties.

  1. Spray the grill with non-stick spray and grill the pineapple rings evenly on both sides.

Set aside and grill the peppers and burgers as desired. Top the burgers with Jarlsberg® cheese and allow to melt slightly.

  1. Assemble your burgers using the pineapple rings in place of a bun and top with the

burger, cheese, peppers, red onion slices, bacon, lettuce and tomato slices.

Makes 4 burgers




Jarlsberg® Cheese:

In 1956, we created Jarlsberg® Cheese, using an original Norwegian recipe. Why does Jarlsberg® cheese taste so mild, nutty and delicious? It’s all part of the legend…and Norway’s most guarded recipe!  For more information go to

 About Norseland, Inc.

Norseland, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of TINE SA (a cooperative of more than 13,000 dairy farmers in Norway and its largest producer, distributor and exporter of dairy products) is the exclusive importer, sales, marketing and distribution agent for Jarlsberg® cheese, Snøfrisk®, TINE Brunost Collection™, Ilchester®, García Baquero, Lotito®, Gabriella®, Parmissimo®, Old Amsterdam®, Igor  and Couturier®.  Headquartered in Darien, Connecticut, Norseland has national distribution across supermarkets, mass merchants, club stores, food service and convenience stores.

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. I may have received free products to post. SoCal City Kids is not affiliated with the sweepstakes. 

$5 BBQ, Brews & Booze at Grasslands Meat Market Grasslands Meat Market Continues One-Year Anniversary Celebrations with special offers through Summer

Summer is in full swing at Grasslands Meat Market with $5 BBQ, Brews & Booze, available from open until close daily. Savor some of Grasslands flavorful and meaty $5 small plates, such as tender Rib Tips smoked for 6 hours and served with housemade BBQ sauce; or Brisket Sliders with thinly sliced brisket on a soft roll, served with housemade mustard BBQ sauce.

Pair the savory eats with a selection of $5 house wines, martinis, brews and $7 IPA’s; or try it with the featured cocktail of the month, the Rubearinha ($11). Designed to match the flavor profiles found in Grasslands meat selection, the Rubearinha is similar to a Caiperinha and made with Cachaca, muddled lime, and hints of honey, rosemary and garlic for a unique twist. Purchase the Rubearinha or any craft cocktail from Grasslands extensive bar menu and receive a complimentary $5 small plate through the end of July.

In celebration of the restaurant’s one-year anniversary in June, Grasslands will roll out exciting specials all season long. The BBQ Box, introduced last month, will continue through Labor Day (or while supplies last). Featuring over 10 pounds of food, the box includes the signature house meat, Picanha, along with two racks of St. Louis ribs, one rack of beef ribs, one whole chicken, mashed potatoes, black beans and a fresh green salad with choice of dressing. The BBQ Box can be purchased for $99.


$5 BBQ, Brews & Booze

 Available open to close, daily


Su-Th –  4-10 p.m.

F-Sa – 4 p.m.-Midnight


Grasslands Meat Market | BBQ & Churrasco

400 West Disney Way, Suite 199, Anaheim, CA

Free parking available at GardenWalk for first hour, validation provided for second hour.


For more information, please call 657-208-1133 or visit 

Credit:  Grasslands Meat Market:

Grasslands Meat Market is a unique meatery and eatery, serving top quality meats that are adventurous in origin and culinary landscape, distinctive in preparation, and intriguing with unique and delicious flavor profiles. Whether its roasting, smoking or barbecuing, Grasslands’ team of meat masters bring together the art and science of preparing the most tender and flavorful meats through the use of techniques that originate from different countries across the world. Grasslands offers something enticing for everyone with a sizeable dining menu, kids menu, full bar and large, rustic open space for celebrations, parties, special occasions and more.


Chelsea, August 16th Pet of the Week!

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning … Chelsea mornings are glorious. There you are with your favorite breakfast beverage, a plate of something healthy, a morning show on TV, and this adorable little silver tabby sprawled out at your feet, or possibly on the table, sniffing at whatever you have on the plate. Chelsea’s only about a year old and has many, many mornings to share. Meet her on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A606697.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Credit: the Companion Animal Village.

Enjoy the Last Taste of Summer with Yogurtland’s Three New Flavors! New Flavors for August Include Dairy Free Coconut Cream Pie, Nectarine Peach Orange Tart and Strawberry Rose

This August, Yogurtland, the ever-popular, industry leader, is expanding its flavor offerings to include three new handcrafted flavors plus two new toppings.

Beginning August 6th, and available for a limited time while supplies last, the Yogurtland flavor lineup will include Dairy Free Coconut Cream Pie, Nectarine Peach Orange Tart and Strawberry Rose frozen yogurt.

Yogurtland’s Coconut Cream Pie is the second time Yogurtland is offering a flavor with a dairy free base made from coconut milk. Combining traditional graham cracker and mouthwatering pie flavor notes in a coconut milk base, this flavor gives fans an opportunity to create a delicious dairy free treat.

The Nectarine Peach Orange Tart flavor offers a burst of fresh tropical flavors. The nectarine and peach provide taste buds with a sensational juicy flavor experience while the orange gives a nice zest, providing a well balanced sweet and fruity tart flavor.

Yogurtland combines juicy California strawberries and floral rose water in a sweet base to create the creamy Strawberry Rose flavor. This light and refreshing frozen yogurt will have fans craving a second serving.

Along with three new flavors, Yogurtland will introduce two new toppings for a limited time. Bringing a different variety of flavors to the topping bar, the scrumptious Cotton Candy Fizzies will have fans enjoying traditional cotton candy flavors with a twist. Additionally, Yogurtland’s craveable Sour Rainbows will bring a spark of color to each cup and a blend of sweet and sour flavors.

I had the opportunity today to try the new flavors with my family and my favorites are Coconut Cream Pie and the Nectarine Peach Orange Tart flavors! My son liked the new candy choices! 


Yogurtland’s flavorologists continually create craveable flavors that keep fans loving their frozen dessert experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy, and by controlling the manufacturing process, the company delivers the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for the industry and delighting guests each day.

Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors, ice cream, and non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that contains no 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, Oman, Singapore, Thailand and Venezuela. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit or

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to try out the new flavors. No other compensation was received and I am a big fan of Yogurtland!


Free Family Fun and Education this Weekend at Solar Discovery Day by Baker Electric Home Energy

As the heat in Southern California rises, along with residential energy bills, doesn’t it make sense to own, manage and control your electricity?

Baker Electric Home Energy invites family, friends and neighbors to Solar Discovery Day. Don’t buy a solar system until learning everything about products, design, installation and warranties. This is about solar education, catered food and fun for the kids.

When: August 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Baker Electric Home Energy, 2140 Enterprise Street, Escondido, CA

Cost: Free to the public, the event will feature a lineup of solar energy experts:

– LG Solar Panels

– Tesla Powerwall Home Batteries

– Quick Mount PV

– SolarEdge

– CURB Energy

And Dividend Solar and San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union will be on hand to explain financing options and answer questions about return-on-investment.

Attendees will enjoy great food by Full Belly BBQ and Up in Smoke.

Face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon art by Daniela & Co for the kids.

Bring along canned goods for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank or purchase a piece of art from TERI Inc., supporting adults and children with developmental disabilities, to be entered to win great prizes.

Guests are urged to register in advance at

Watch what happened at last year’s Solar Discovery Day:

Credit: Baker Electric Home Energy.