Archives for November 13, 2018

Christian, Nov. 15th Pet of the Week

Christian is only one shade of grey—gray, actually—but, like his namesake, his tastes are indeed singular: a warm lap to purr on, wholesome food, some toys, your bed to sleep in (very much like his namesake), hands to massage his sturdy neck, and of course, a forever home. Christian is only a year old, so he’ll have many sequels to the first good year he spends with you. Meet him on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for IDA616775. Laters, baby.

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village. 

Come Aboard the Historic Queen Mary for Thanksgiving Day Traditions Nov. 22

The Queen Mary is offering superb dining options for the upcoming holiday season at her highly-acclaimed restaurants: Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge, Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, and the Promenade Café, along with her legendary, award-winning brunch. Thanksgiving Day fare will include seasonal specials and upscale versions of traditional favorites sure to satisfy the most discerning appetites.
Guests will experience 50 unique global dishes inside the majestic Art Deco Grand Salon, the ship’s original first-class dining area, at the nationally renowned brunch. This year is highlighted by a sushi station, a newcomer to the gourmand event. Additional stations for brunch include:

  • Rise n Shine: seasonal sliced fruit & berries, homemade granola, country potatoes, corned beef hash, applewood smoked bacon, sausage links, chicken jalapeno andouille and bangers, eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, freshly baked pastries, pancakes, waffles, and an omelet and eggs to order station.
  • Carving Station: prime rib au jus, smoked beef brisket, rosemary marinated turkey and gravy, apple sage dressing, candied yams, roasted garlic Yukon gold mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans and almonds, cornbread.
  • Ocean Bounty: chilled mussels, clams, cocktail shrimp, Alaskan red king crab legs, smoked salmon, whole poached salmon serpentine, freshly shucked oysters, lemon, horseradish sauce.
  • California Bistro Station: domestic and imported cheeses, sunomono salad (cucumbers, carrots, onions), shanghai chicken salad (cabbage, cucumber, tomatoes, wonton strips, sesame dressing).
  • Street Taco Station: chicken tinga, carnitas pastor, beef birria, pico de gallo, citrus slaw, salsa molcajete, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, queso fresco, avocado crema, choice of corn or flour tortillas, Spanish rice, black beans.
  • Asian Station: sweet garlic shrimp, BBQ ribs, yakisoba noodles, fried rice
  • Sushi Station: rolls include spicy tuna, California, vegetable, and rainbow; sushi includes tuna, salmon, yellowtail, shrimp and unagi (bbq eel).
  • Italian Station: antipasto, caesar and caprese salads; grilled vegetables, tomato florentine soup, tortellini carbonara, penne pasta with san marzano tomato and vegetable sauce.
  • Patisserie (Dessert Station): petite fours, petite éclairs, macarons, chocolate mousse, California fruit tart, assorted mini-cheesecakes, chocolate truffles, cupcakes, chocolate raspberry towers, pecan pie bars, apple pie bars and bavarian creme puffs.

Brunch prices start at $69.00 per person, $79.00 per person with free-flowing champagne. Children ages 4 -11 can dine for $24.00. Thanksgiving Day brunch is served from 10:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling (562) 499-1606 or

At Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge, the Queen Mary’s award-winning dining experience features a five-course culinary extravaganza for $74.00 per person. The menu is served from 12:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and includes:

  • First Course: pumpkin bisque (creme fraiche, spiced pepitas) or corn chowder (chives, truffle oil)
  • Second Course: petite green salad (glazed walnuts, crumbled feta cheese, pomegranate pearls, red wine vinaigrette) or Caeser salad (heirloom cherry tomato, shaved carrots, parmesan, garlic crouton, creamy anchovy dressing)
  • Intermezzo: pear sorbet
  • Main Course: traditional roasted turkey (sausage and sage apple stuffing, giblet gravy, orange cranberry compote, truffle mashed potatoes, glazed sweet potato, green bean casserole), pan-seared halibut (roasted crispy fingerlings, bok choy, citrus beurre blanc) or rib eye (au jus, yukon mashed, baby zucchini squash
  • Dessert Course: pumpkin tart (raspberry compote) or chocolate marquis (vanilla bean ice cream)

To make reservations at Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge, call (562) 499-1657 or visit

At Chelsea Chowder House & Bar and Promenade Cafe guests can enjoy a four-course meal complete with roast turkey and other delectable Thanksgiving favorites for $49.00 per person. (Each restaurant will also be offering its regular menu in addition to the pre-fixe menu.) The pre-fixe menu includes:

  • Choice of Signature Chowders (New England clam, lobster bisque, pumpkin bisque-spiced pepitas)
  • Autumn Field Greens
  • Thanksgiving Dinner (roasted turkey, sage mashed potatoes, candied yams, apple pancetta stuffing, cranberry compote, almond field greens and country giblet gravy)
  • Dessert includes a choice of two desserts: pumpkin torte (chocolate curls, cranberry coulis, vanilla chantilly) or chocolate pecan pie (cinnamon chantilly cream, raspberry coulis)

The four-course Thanksgiving Day pre-fixe menu is served in Chelsea Chowder House & Bar from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and in Promenade Café from 11:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. Breakfast is served in the Promenade Cafe from 6:30 a.m through 11:00 a.m. To make reservations for Thanksgiving Day, call (562) 499-1657 or visit

Self-parking at Queen Mary is $8.00. Valet is $15.00 for up to three hours for all venues except for Sir Winston Restaurant & Lounge, which provides complimentary parking. All prices are exclusive of choice of beverage, tax and gratuity. For more information or for reservations, visit or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

Credit: The Queen Mary.

Dana Point Harbor Welcomes 41st Annual Turkey Trot

The County of Orange, OC Parks, and Dana Point Harbor invite the community to experience the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce’s 41st annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. Enjoy races for all ages and a special two-day Health and Wellness Expo, then visit the harbor to enjoy delicious eateries and niche shopping.

“The Turkey Trot is among the largest and longest continuously running Thanksgiving races in the nation. We’re thrilled to celebrate this family-friendly race in its 41st year,” said Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, 5th District. “Whether starting a new tradition or returning as a seasoned participant, the Turkey Trot is a wonderful opportunity for families and the community to come together and enjoy scenic Dana Point before heading home or to the harbor for Thanksgiving dinner.”

The Dana Point Turkey Trot will be held from 6 – 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 22. Registered participants can walk, jog, or run a 5K or 10K through picturesque Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. Kids ages 4-12 can also join the fun during the Kids’ Gobble Wobble race. Parents are allowed and encouraged to join their children during the Gobble Wobble race without prior registration. All participants will receive a shirt prior to the race and will be awarded a medal after crossing the finish line. For more information and to register visit; online registration closes November 19.

Participants are invited to get festive during the Turkey Trot’s annual costume contest. Different categories include best adult costume, best child costume, and best group costume.

The Health and Wellness Expo will be open at the harbor on November 21 from 12 – 7 p.m. and November 22 from 6 – 11 a.m. and will feature local and national vendors and offer Turkey Trot bib and t-shirt pickup.

The harbor features several dining options including fine and casual dining, coffee shops, and niche eateries. Explore Dana Point Harbor on Thanksgiving Day to enjoy coffee and breakfast from Coffee Importers, where the espresso bar will be open from 5:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and the Deli & Juice Bar will serve guests from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gemmell’s will be open from 12- 7 p.m., serving a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for just $38.95. Harpoon Henry’s will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner from 12 – 8 p.m. with delicious selections such as oven roasted turkey, macadamia mahi-mahi, Atlantic salmon, prime rib, and pumpkin pie. The Brig Restaurant will also be open for normal business hours and will be serving a special Thanksgiving turkey dinner.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Dana Point Harbor to experience the 41st annual Turkey Trot and to enjoy food and drink from select eateries. For more information on the race and Dana Point Harbor please visit

Credit: OC Parks.

New Cookbook For Dogs Proves The Healing Power of Whole Foods “Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs” -A Natural Approach to Pet Health-

Home cooking for your dog may sound extravagant, but the key to good health is proper nutrition and pets are no exception. Canned, processed pet food has been directly linked to poor pet health and the truth is processed foods are just as bad for pets as they are for humans.

Luckily, making food for your dog doesn’t have to be complicated or costly! In her new book, Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs, holistic veterinarian, Dr. Judy Morgan will show you easy, whole food recipes to keep your dog naturally healthy (and off medication.)

Yin & Yang Nutrition for Dogs: Maximizing Health With Whole Foods, Not Drugs is the ultimate health and wellness guide every dog owner needs to have.

This book details the importance of pet nutrition, and shows how to use food therapy to keep your dog naturally healthy. Author and holistic veterinarian, Dr. Judy Morgan has a passion for healing her patients with whole foods, minimizing medications and chemicals, allowing the body to heal from within. In this book she offers a variety of different menus options and easy-to-follow recipes that can be customized for your dogs specific health issues and even their personality type!


  Dr. Judy Morgan is a nationally renowned author, speaker, and holistic veterinarian best known for healing her patients with whole foods, minimizing medications and chemicals, allowing the body to heal from within. Dr. Morgan has received critical acclaim in the veterinary industry for integrating Eastern and Western medicine in her two award-winning veterinary practices in New Jersey.She is the author of three books on holistic pet care including the recently released title Yin & Yang, a holistic cookbook for dogs.  An active speaker and blogger, Morgan’s social media sites reach millions of pet owners worldwide. Dr, Morgan is Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for Monkey’s House Senior Dog Hospice and works with rescue groups for homeless dogs.

For More Information Visit:

I like that the recipes are not complicated and I found this very interesting! So, if you are a Pet lover or looking for the perfect gift for a Pet lover…this book is a must-buy this Holiday season! 


Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate this feature and only feature books that I highly recommend. 


Miguel’s Jr. Offers $5 Original Burritos and $1 Homemade Horchata for Limited Time

For a limited time, Miguel’s Jr. is offering guests the chance to enjoy an Original Burrito for $5 and homemade horchata for $1. Famous for their signature burritos, Miguel’s Jr.’s Original Burrito (Since 1975) is made with refried beans, Spanish rice, real cheddar cheese and your choice of shredded chicken, shredded beef or marinated chile verde pork. Carne Asada Original Burritos will also be available for $6. The Original Burrito pairs perfectly with Miguel’s Jr. homemade horchata, made with 100% all-natural pure cane sugar. Both recipes are Founder Mary Vasquez’s original family recipes, inspired by her childhood in Central Mexico.

WHEN: November 13 – December 24

All Miguel’s Jr. Locations

Corona: 1039 W 6th St., Corona, CA 92882. (951) 270-3551

Corona (south): 2320 Compton Avenue, Corona, CA 92881. (951) 279-9393

Corona (west): 1570 West Sixth Street, Corona, CA 92882. (951) 279-7780

Costa Mesa: 141 East 17th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. (949) 646-2153

Eastvale: 13382 Limonite Avenue, Eastvale, CA 92880. (951) 407-1385

Fontana: 7490 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, CA 92336. (909) 357-3822

Grand Terrace: 22219 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313. (909) 783-4271

Huntington Beach: 19620 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA 92648. (714) 888-2255

Menifee: 30362 Haun Road, Menifee, CA 92584. (951) 679-5299

Moreno Valley: 12860 Day Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553. (951) 697-0390

Murrieta: 39713 Avenida Acacias, Murrieta, CA 92563. (951) 698-5154

Norco: 1432 Hammer Avenue, Norco, CA 92860. (951) 273-2611

Norco Village: 2450 River Road, Norco, CA 92860. (951) 371-1014

Ontario: 2250 South Haven Avenue, Ontario, CA 91761. (909) 947-6761

Orange: 1325 Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92867. (714) 633-4000

Redlands: 27521 San Bernardino Avenue Redlands, CA, 92374. (909) 557-2220

Riverside: 1301 Galleria @Tyler, Riverside, CA, 92503. (951) 352-1895

Tustin: 2855 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782. (714) 202 4676

Woodcrest: 17815 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92508. (951) 339-5747





Founded in Corona, California in 1975 by Mike and Mary Vasquez, Miguel’s Jr continues to offer

superb-quality family recipes in a fast-food environment using premium ingredients, inspired by

the cuisine of Central Mexico. With locations in the Inland Empire and Orange County,

Miguel’s Jr is expanding to key markets in Southern California, spreading their unparalleled

standard for customer service and reputation for delivering the freshest, best tasting California

Mexican food daily.  For more information, including menu items and locations, visit


Instagram: @Miguels_Jr

Twitter: @WeAreMiguelsJr

DISNEY ON ICE presents Dare to Dream Tickets on Sale NOW!

Discover Your Inner Hero at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream Skating into Greater Los Angeles December 13 – January 6

**Disney’s Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time ever!**

<Plus Special Pre-Show Sing-Along with Miguel from Disney-Pixar’s Coco>


Celebrate what’s possible as five daring Disney Princesses spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, skating into the Southland this holiday season from December 13th – January 6th!   Featuring Disney’s Moana for the first time in a live production, hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring the Disney magic to life and take audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in this action-packed extravaganza with the beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella.

In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana will go in a high-seas adventure with demigod Maui, to save her island and discover her true identity.  Join Belle as she fearlessly befriends the enchanted castle staff and reveals the Beast’s gentleness.  Experience Anna’s devotion to her sister, Elsa, on her life-changing journey to stop an eternal winter.  Explore with Rapunzel, Flynn Ryder, Cinderella and friends from around the Disney Kingdom as they find the heart and determination to overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true.

Iconic sing-along songs such as “How Far I’ll Go,” “Be Our Guest” and “Let It Go” are paired with powerful skating choreography to instill confidence and embolden audiences to never stop dreaming.  Uncover why no goal is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream coming to your hometown!

Plus fans are encouraged to arrive early to celebrate family and tradition with a special sing-along with Miguel from DisneyPixar’s Coco in a live fiesta Disney On Ice style prior to the show!

L O S   A N G E L E S

WHEN:           Thursday, December 13 – Sunday, December 16

  • Thursday, December 13 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 14 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 15 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 16 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 WHERE:            STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $25!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $16 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

 Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.             *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply


WHEN:               Wednesday, December 19 – Sunday, December 23

  • Wednesday, December 19 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 20 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 21 11:00 AM & 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 22 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 23                 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 WHERE:            Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

 TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $25!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $16 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 

 Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.

*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply


 WHEN:           Wednesday, December 26 – Sunday, December 30

  • Wednesday, December 26 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 27 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 28 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 29 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 30 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 WHERE:            Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $25!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $16 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 


  Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.

*prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

 L O N G   B E A C H

 WHEN:           Thursday, January 3 – Sunday, January 6

  • Thursday, January 3 7:00 PM
  • Friday, January 4 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 5 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 6 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

 WHERE:            Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:         Ticket prices start at $25!

                                Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $16 each on select seating (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating) 


Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.

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

To discover more about Disney On Ice, visit

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Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #DareToDream


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Credit: Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, DreamWorks Trolls The Experience (coming Fall 2018) and Jurassic World Live (coming Fall 2019). Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit for more information.

Holiday Cheer returns to the Los Angeles Zoo for seven wondrous weeks starting November 16, 2018 Reindeer Romp, L.A. Zoo Lights, Family New Year’s Eve Celebration, and Holiday Happy Hours Await Holiday Revelers of All Ages

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham

From Friday, November 16, 2018, through Sunday, January 6, 2019, the Los Angeles Zoo will become a holiday wonderland, set aglow with LED lights by the thousands, creating a festive atmosphere replete with Santa and a herd of real reindeer.  The Zoo ushers in the holiday spirit with REINDEER ROMP daily (except December 25) and its awe-inspiring nighttime holiday event L.A. ZOO LIGHTS (every evening except November 22 and December 24 and 25), awarded USA Today’s “10 Best Zoo Lights” honors, returning for its fifth spectacular year and promising to be bigger, brighter, and merrier than ever.  The merriment continues with two exclusive HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURS for the 21-and-over crowd in December, as well as a FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE for all ages.

One of the few places that Angelenos will be able to see real reindeer this season is at the Zoo’s “Reindeer Village” habitat. In addition to up-close views, guests will get to learn more about the herd from expert reindeer keepers. Visits with Santa Claus in a charming, rustic North Pole outpost (for an additional fee) take place on weekend days at REINDEER ROMP from November 17 through December 23 plus Friday, November 23, 11 am to 3 pm, with a variety of photo packages available. All Reindeer Romp activities except Santa photos are free with paid Zoo admission. Also included with paid Zoo admission are daily close-up animal encounters, intriguing shows, holiday crafts, talks and guided experiences, training demonstrations, and more. For details and to purchase tickets, visit 

Los Angeles’ preeminent holiday event, L.A. ZOO LIGHTS, an award-winning, brilliant display of lights and animation, will shine bright nightly for seven dazzling weeks. Guests can stroll the expansive grounds and delight in a disco ball forest, whimsical 3-D animations, a glowing “Northern Lights” featuring animal constellations that come to life, and so much more. For the first time ever, the L.A. Zoo Lights experience will include picturesque Elephant Circle, which will be transformed into a kaleidoscopic savanna where glowing, large-scale animals roam. Its popular Twinkle Tunnel will double in size and feature cascading swirls of light and a spectacular finale. Other favorites like the dynamic holiday tree at the entrance, the animated elephant herd, and the dramatic water show are all reimagined, with stunning new visuals and music. This light spectacular is on display from 6 to 10 pm nightly, with Santa visits available November 16 to 18, November 23 to 25, and November 30 through December 23 (for an additional fee). L.A. Zoo Lights 2018 features a “Preview Week” with $12 discount admission for adults (13+) and children (2-12) from November 16 to 21, with online purchase. (A convenience fee applies for all online purchases.)

Returning this year are “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS VIP EXPERIENCES,” including two exclusive HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURS for the 21-and-over crowd, as well as a FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE for all ages. Exclusive HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURS include a German-themed “Bavaria Haus Holiday” happy hour on Thursday, December 6 and tropical-themed “Tiki Tidings” happy hour on Thursday, December 13.  Both evenings feature express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights at 6 pm and access to a private lounge from 6:30 to 8:30 pm with gourmet hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and a themed signature cocktail, after which guests are welcome to experience L.A. Zoo Lights until closing at 10 pm.  On December 31, guests of the FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE can enjoy dinner, dessert, drinks, games, a DJ dance party, carousel ride, and live broadcast of New York’s Times Square ball drop.

Friday, November 16, 2018 – Sunday, January 6, 2019
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens,
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Admission to L.A. Zoo Lights is $12 with online purchase for all ages (2 and older) during “Preview Week” from November 16 to 21. Thereafter, admission prices vary and range from $14.95 to $21.95 for adults (13+) and $11.95 to $16.95 for children (2-12). Children under age 2 are free. Tickets for members of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association are $11 during the entire run, which is up to 50 percent off. Tickets for HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR are $75 per person (ages 21 and up), or $70 for GLAZA members. FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE tickets are $69 for adults (13+) and $45 for children (2-12), or $64 and $40 for GLAZA members. All L.A. Zoo Lights events and evenings take place on a “rain-or-shine” basis, with no rain checks issued.

Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $21 for general admission (ages 13 to 61), $18 for seniors (ages 62+), and $16 for children (ages 2 to 12). No ticket is required for children under 2. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free.

Visit for details and to purchase tickets. To become a GLAZA member and receive discounted ticket pricing, go to or call 323-644-4747.
Credit: L.A. ZOO:
The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.8 million visitors each year, is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare and has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.
Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.