Archives for January 2018

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!

 

Asian-Inspired Blount Bowls are a must-try!

     

Looking for a tasty meal that is ready in just a few minutes? The Asian-Inspired Blount Bowls are a hit with me! I had the opportunity to try a few of them and my favorite is the Hibachi Chicken & Rice Bowl! It’s so good and a great item to have for lunch or dinner especially on a Winter day! There are gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options and literally, they take less than 5 minutes to make! They cost under $6.00 and are available at select retailers nationwide. I love how fresh they taste and that they are a healthier option. The Chicken Ramen Noodle is also really good! Also available in Coconut Chicken & Noodle and Vegetable & Rice. Look for them at a retailer near you!

Check them out at www.blountbowls.com 

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

New Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Cookies & Crème Muffins are a hit! Giveaway Opportunity!

Looking for a sweet treat that the whole family will love? The New Limited Edition Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Cookies & Crème Muffins are really quite delicious! I had the opportunity to try them out and so did my family and these tasty little muffins receive a thumbs up from everyone! I like that they have no trans fat and that they are quite tasty! They are also great to take on the go to work or to school or well…. anywhere you may go!

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Cookies & Crème Muffins are the newest flavor in their seasonal line. They are only available for a limited time. If you like cookies and muffins, you will love these! With only 190 calories per pouch, Little Bites® Cookies & Crème Muffins never contain high fructose corn syrup or trans fat.

Valentine’s Day is almost here and these would make a great treat for kids to take to school! Look for them now! They are only available for a limited time. I found them at my local Target store.

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We have teamed up for a Giveaway! 

One reader will win a prize that includes a $25 Visa digital gift card and 3 coupons for $5.00 off the purchase of any Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. Now, how cool is that?! To enter, leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is February 5th, 2018 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via Random.org. 

 

Self Disclosure: Entenmann’s® Little Bites® provided me with coupons to buy products and a gift card to facilitate this review/giveaway. 

BB, February 1st Pet of the Week!

BB is another good doggie whose humans failed him and yet is full of fun, trusting and ready to fully socialize with humans and other dogs. BB, a 3-year-old pit bull terrier, was abandoned outside a housing project, tied up and waiting for his fate. Luckily, he was picked up and socialized at our shelter where he’s enjoyed doggie play groups. This 45-pound, energetic good guy will be a great match for an active owner. Picture that smiling mug in your vacation photos!  Meet BB at the shelter side of the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A599343.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

Miguel’s Jr. Officially Opened its First Redefined Drive-Thru Concept in Norco, January 18th

On Thursday, January 18, Miguel’s Jr. President and CEO Javier Vasquez and founders Mike and Mary Vasquez hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and free lunch for the public to officially open the brand’s newest concept and 18th location in Norco, CA. Marking Norco’s 2nd Miguel’s Jr. restaurant, the newest location is the first of the brand’s redefined drive-thru concepts, serving as a test location for future expansion plans.

Norco Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board, Jesus Martinez, Corona Chamber of Commerce President, Bobby Spiegel; City of Norco Mayor Ted Hoffman, and City of Corona Mayor Karen Spiegel attended the festivities to welcome the new homestyle California Mexican food destination, a brand that already plays a great role in the community’s dining culture.

“It’s wonderful to see Miguel’s Jr. expanding its brand in our own backyard,” stated Jesus Martinez, Chairman of the Board for Norco Chamber of Commerce, “The company has played an essential role in our community over the last 45 years and we’re thrilled to see the beginning of new concepts and continued success.”

The new retail strategy is focused on speed of service and order accuracy. Located in the Norco Village Shopping Center, the new 2,500 sq. ft. location will feature a smaller dining room with a drive thru capacity up to 30% greater than the typical store model. The brand has plans to continue expansion in the Southern California market in 2018 with the smaller drive-thru focused locations.

The new Norco store will offer all the latest Miguel’s Jr. menu items, including a full breakfast menu with 7 breakfast burritos and a variety of breakfast plates. The menu also includes the new homemade horchata and all-natural lemonade made with 100% all natural pure cane sugar and fresh-squeezed lemons.

Miguel’s Jr. Norco continues the family tradition of homestyle Mexican dishes made using only premium ingredients including fresh Haas avocados, all natural and hormone free poultry, pasture raised, corn fed beef, 100% stone ground tortillas and tortilla chips, as well as their famous fresh-made daily hot sauce, available at the counter.

Location

Norco Village Shopping Center

2450 River Road, Suite 300

Norco, CA 92860

Hours of Operation

Monday –Thursday: 7am – 10pm

Friday: 7am – 10:30pm

Saturday: 8am – 10:30pm

Sunday: 8am – 10pm

Credit: Miguel’s Jr.

Books of the Month!

Art of Coloring: Mickey & Minnie
By Disney Book Group

Fun, funny, and feisty patterns and character designs permeate the near-ninety-year history of Disney’s beloved mice: Mickey and Minnie. These images are ideal for taking pencil to paper and adding your own brand of color and style. Perfect for cultivating creativity, relaxation, and focus, these pages are filled with line art from Disney animation, comics, featuring work from Ub Iwerks, Floyd Gottfredson, and more.

This one is a real must for any Mickey and Minnie Mouse fan!

Art of Coloring: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
By Disney Book Group

If you are a fan of Jack Skellington…this coloring book is a must!

Whimsically macabre artwork, patterns, and designs permeate the story of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. These images are ideal for adding your own brand of color and style. Perfect for cultivating creativity, relaxation, and focus, these pages are filled with artwork evocative of the delightfully frightful world of Jack Skellington.

The Percy Jackson Coloring Book
By Rick Riordan

Demigods, brandish your pencils!

Over the past decade, millions of young readers, parents, and teachers have come to adore Rick Riordan’s classic series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which made ancient Greek mythology contemporary, relevant, and entertaining as it turned kids on to reading. Now fans can literally color Percy’s world with the amusing portraits, dramatic scenes, and intricate designs on every spread of this large format paperback. THE PERCY JACKSON COLORING BOOK is a great way to introduce young children to the series, to allow older fans to reminisce, and to augment classroom units on Greek mythology.

I actually love coloring in this book!

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
Written and Illustrated by Shelley Johannes

BEATRICE ZINKER, UPSIDE DOWN THINKER by debut author Shelley Johannes is the first book in this heartfelt, unique, four-color illustrated Beatrice Zinker series. With adorable four-color illustrations and a corky sense of humor throughout, readers will enjoy this endearing story. Spunky third-grade Beatrice realizes that some friendships are worth risking recess for, and sometimes all it takes is the simplest act of kindness to “turn that frown upside down!”

This one is a really fun story and I think children ages 7-9 will enjoy it!

Books published by Disney Publishing Worldwide and can be found online or at bookstores near you.

 

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this book feature. Images were also provided.

Rockin’ the Slopes Sweepstakes!

Hey! You have the chance to win a VIP ski getaway to Squaw Valley, California for two on March 22-25, 2018. The prize includes two VIP tickets to the Liberty Mutual Insurance NASTAR National Championships, roundtrip airfare for two, three nights lodging, two days of ski lift access for two and enough Rockin’ Protein to keep you fueled all weekend long. The sweeps ends TOMORROW on January 31, 2018, so make sure to get your entry in!

You can enter the sweepstakes on Ted Ligety’s Instagram page. To be eligible to win, you have to follow @RockinProtein on Instagram and tag a buddy in the comments of the post.

 

Self Disclosure: SoCal City Kids not affiliated with this sweepstakes. Credit: Rockin’ Protein. 

Peyton Manning Becomes Vacation Quarterback in Universal Parks & Resorts Super Bowl Ad Two-Time Super Bowl Champion Helps Family Raise its Vacation Game

Peyton Manning becomes vacation quarterback to America in a new Universal Parks & Resorts commercial set to air during the Super Bowl – coaching families to take their vacation to the next level at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort.

An extended version of the spot will air in the NBC pre-game show and a thirty-second version of the commercial will air during the Super Bowl.

“This is your moment,” Peyton coaches a family starting its day at a Universal theme park in the extended version of the spot.  “You are more than a team.  You are a family.  Now let’s get out there and play.”

Manning joins the family during both spots to ensure they really do take fun to the next level.  He screams on a roller coaster, scrambles away from a Raptor showing its “game face,” and has a churro intercepted right out of his hands – and more.

Click here for the extended pre-game version: https://youtu.be/IbreHZSmqLA.

Click here for the thirty-second Super Bowl spot: https://youtu.be/xcmP4llwNS8.

About Universal Parks & Resorts: Universal Parks & Resorts, a unit of Comcast NBCUniversal, offers guests around the globe today’s most relevant and popular entertainment experiences. With three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg as creative consultant, its theme parks are known for immersive experiences that feature some of the world’s most thrilling and technologically advanced film- and television-based attractions.

Comcast NBCUniversal wholly owns Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes Universal CityWalk Hollywood. It also owns Universal Orlando Resort, a destination resort with three theme parks (Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and now open, Universal’s Volcano Bay – an entirely new water theme park experience), five (soon to be six) on-site resort hotels, and Universal CityWalk Orlando. In addition, Comcast NBCUniversal owns Universal Studios Japan, in Osaka and has a license agreement with Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore. The company is also developing a theme park destination in Beijing called Universal Beijing.

Credit: Universal Studios.