Archives for June 11, 2019

Dana Point Harbor for Father’s Day Weekend!

Dana Wharf invites all fathers and families to a special Father’s Day Cruise Aboard Dana Pride on Sunday, June 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Listen to live classic rock music of Mike Obryan, while eating a delicious, hearty bbq dinner, and complete with a full cash bar. Enjoy this special two hour cruise beneath the beautiful California sunset with scenic views of Laguna Beach and celebrate the king in your life on his special day.

For the active dad, hop in the Harbor’s waters with any one of their fun water activities. Speed around the harbor in a jet ski or cruise through the water on a kayak from Pure Watersports. Join a standup paddleboard yoga class or sail around the shallows on a sailboat from Westwind Sailing. With a variety of fun water sports to join in on, Father’s Day weekend is sure to be filled with lots of activity.

Aim for a relaxing day at any one of the beautiful waterfront restaurants the Harbor has to offer. Take a morning stroll with a warm drink from Coffee Importers and enjoy the scenic views. Sit down to a fresh meal overlooking the glistening Pacific Ocean at The Harbor Grill or Waterman’s Harbor. From cruises to water activities to delicious food, Dana Point Harbor is the perfect mini travel destination to celebrate the man in your life.

Credit: Dana Point Harbor.

Chance, June 12th Pet of the Week!

It’s so tempting to say “Take a chance on Chance.” But if you ever met him face to face—or more like face to tongue—you’d know that Chance is a 100% guaranteed love match! He’s a 4-year-old pit bull who loves to play chase and fetch and then just be a snuggle bunny. Meet Chance, not merely by chance, at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A625705.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

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

Travel International: 7 Paris Sightseeing Experiences

Are you looking for somewhere new to travel? Take a trip to France and review our Paris sightseeing experiences to view beautiful parts of Paris.

Whether you’ve already planned a trip to Paris, France, or if you’re looking for a new place to visit, be sure to check out what amazing Paris sightseeing experiences Paris has to offer.

Even if you’re not sure where you want to plan your next trip to, you should review what Paris has to offer. Knowing what there is to do and see there might help you make up your mind.

And, if you’ve already decided that Paris is the destination for you, then you should know where to go and what to experience before arriving.

Knowing beforehand helps you plan your trip accordingly and ensures that you won’t miss a thing! Nothing is worse than traveling a far distance to a new place and coming back home realizing that you missed an opportunity to visit an awesome location. 

Before you pack your bags and head out, check out these 7 Paris experiences that you won’t want to miss!

1. Ile de la Cite 

If you’d like to visit Notre Dame and Saint-Chapelle simultaneously, then you’ll need to make a stop at Ile de la Cite. Not only is it home to these two amazing sightseeing experiences, but Ile de la Cite is also considered the heart of Paris. And in such a highly romantic place, how can you pass up the opportunity to visit the heart of such a romantic city?

At the front of Notre Dame, there is a plaque on the ground that marks it as Point Zero. This is the historic center of Paris (the heart of Paris). While in the area, you’ll also want to head over to Pont de L’Archeveche. Pont de L’Archeveche is a bridge that connects the Left Bank to Ile de la Cite. 

Here you’ll have some astonishing views of Notre Dame while strolling along the bank of Seine. With so many sights to see in this one area, it’s worth the visit. 

2. Pont Neuf 

Speaking of bridges, you’ll also want to visit the oldest bridge in Paris, Pont Neuf. This bridge joins the Right Bank to Ile de la Cite. From this bridge, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in the distance and enjoy close-up views of the Seine River. 

With it being the oldest bridge in Paris, the Pont Neuf deserves a spot of its own on this list. Make sure to spend time observing the bridge itself, taking in all of the details and the architectural design.

3. The Wall of Love

Directly next to the Abbesses metro shop is The Wall of Love. It’s also known as Le Mur des Je T’aime. This gigantic blue wall features the saying, “I love you,” written in 250 languages! 

There is no charge to visit the wall and even if you’re not planning to visit the area, you’ll want to arrange a date and time to make a stop. The Wall of Love is unique and something that you probably won’t see anywhere else. Plus, it’ll look amazing on your Facebook or Instagram feed!

4. Ile Saint-Louis 

If you continue through the Notre Dame gardens, there is a bridge called the Pont Saint-Louis Pedestrian bridge. This bridge will lead you to the Ile Saint-Louis. Here you’ll find narrow aesthetically pleasing streets and plenty of shopping. 

It’s an island that provides peace for many of its visitors. For those looking to slow it down just a bit while on their Paris vacation, the Ile Saint-Louis is the spot for you. Before leaving this oasis, be sure to take a calming walk while taking in all the beauty of mansions and courtyards. 

5. Marché Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen

If flea market shopping is something that sends excitement down your spine, then you’ll need to head over to Marché Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen. It’s the world’s most famous and largest flea market. It’s also 150 years old, so the market itself is a treasure.

But within its many alleys are treasures that come in all different price ranges. Because of this and the several different styles and fashions here, there’s something for everyone in this historic and unique market. 

6. Rue des Martyrs

Rue des Martyrs is a market street that heads down from Montmartre. This bustling street is one that shouldn’t be passed by as it’s an authentic piece of Paris. This street market has been a part of the neighborhood for over 200 years. 

Here you’ll find some of the finest chocolatier shops, chic boutiques, gourmet cafes, fresh fruit and fish, and so much more.

7. The Catacombs 

Beneath Paris’ streets are the catacombs. The Catacombs were tunnels that lied under Paris’ streets since the 13th century. After the 17th century, when the city’s cemeteries became too full, the remains of those who passed away were gently placed in the catacombs. 

You can even schedule a catacombs tour, where you’ll come face to face with the bodies of Paris’ past. Because this is one of the more popular destinations, it’s best to skip the long wait by scheduling a tour. It also helps to have amazing tour guides who can answer questions and give out interesting facts. 

Don’t Miss These Paris Sightseeing Experiences 

When planning your trip to Paris, France, you won’t want to miss out on these 7 brilliant Paris sightseeing experiences. Although we could have names the obvious Effile Tower or the Louvre Museum, we wanted to focus on some of the sights that not everyone is familiar with. And if you haven’t already decided to book that trip to Paris, hopefully, we’ve helped you make up your mind. 

For more information on things to do and places to see, be sure to check back frequently!

Queen Mary’s 2019 Summer Movie Series Presents FREE Outdoor Films May – August

The Queen Mary is proud to present the 2019 Movie Night Summer Series, welcoming the community to sit back, set up a picnic with friends and family, and soak up the silver screen under the summer night sky. Each movie night will offer guests an immersive cinematic experience with assorted food trucks themed to the film, full bars for those age 21 and over, and the legendary ship and Long Beach Harbor as backdrops. Taking place on select Thursday nights each month May through August and located on a grassy lawn adjacent to the Queen Mary, film titles include Mamma Mia! (2008), double feature of Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Temple of Doom (1984), Grease (1978), and double feature Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990). The movie nights are open to all ages and free to attend. Date Night Packages are available for $75 per couple and include a reserved couch for two, one bottle of signature Queen Mary Champagne, assorted snacks, and more!


Select Thursday Nights May – August

  • May 16, 2019, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Mamma Mia!
  • June 20, 2019, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.: Double Feature: Indiana Jones – Raiders of the Lost Ark & Indiana Jones – Temple of Doom
  • July 11, 2019, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Grease
  • August 22, 2019, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.: Double Feature: Beetlejuice & Edward Scissorhands


The Queen Mary Seawalk (lawn adjacent to the ship)

1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA., 90802


General Admission: Free

Date Night Package Upgrade: $75 per couple


$10 per vehicle on-site.

Credit: The Queen Mary.

How T.O.P. Chops Snacks is Disrupting the Jerky Industry

Beef jerky can be known for its tough and chewy texture, but one snack brand believes consumers deserve a more tender experience. And in honor of National Jerky Day, they’re celebrating with 50% off first-time orders.

T.O.P. Chops Jerky is a handcrafted jerky made from American beef with no additives or preservatives, and it’s grown from an at-home hobby to a thriving, national snack brand disrupting the jerky industry—in just six short years.

Dusty Jaquins, who is one of the co-founders of T.O.P. Chops, started making jerky from his Atlanta kitchen using an old family recipe. Everyone who tried it raved over the taste and texture, encouraging Jaquins to take the jerky to market. Jaquins and his fellow co-founder, Luke Sellers, knew they had to share the southern-born beef jerky with the world.

Today, T.O.P. Chops Jerky is a national brand, offered at many major grocery retailers across the country. What makes the jerky better? Jaquins explains how special and different come down to three important things:

T.O.P Chops only uses USDA Graded Select or better beef

Most jerky that’s made in the U.S. uses ungraded meats from dairy cattle, which are cows that no longer produce milk. Jaquins says, “T.O.P. Chops changes the standard by only using USDA Graded Select or better beef that’s sourced from steers raised in the U.S.” He explains how using American beef from steers—as opposed to dairy cattle—makes their jerky incredibly tender and provides an authentic beef flavor.

Thin cuts make moist jerky

The majority of beef jerky is what Jaquins refers to as cowboy jerky—it’s hard, it’s tough, you have to gnaw at it. But he and business partner Sellers believe life is already tough enough, and they want to provide a more positive eating experience. As a result, they slice their beef very thin using a Veri-Thin™ slicing process. This reduces the cooking time, retains the meat’s moisture and renders an easy-to-chew jerky.

Marinades infused with antioxidants

While most premium jerkies on the market have similar levels of fat, sugar, and sodium,

Jaquins wanted to offer a “better-for-you” beef jerky. To do this, he and Sellers partnered with food science and culinary experts to enhance the recipe. This effort culminated in a new ingredient called plum powder, which not only reduces added sugars and sodium but also creates a product packed with antioxidants.

The plum powder sweetens the jerky marinade. The team of jerky artisans use a small amount and let it sit overnight to give the jerky a strong, high-quality meat flavor with some subtle notes of sweetness and spice.

T.O.P. Chop Jerky comes in four flavors, including Original, Teriyaki, Sweet & Spicy and Red Chili Pepper. Jaquins recommends his personal favorite Sweet & Spicy because “I’m not a lover of extremely hot foods, and the sweet and spicy has a nice balance. It’s a mild heat with a little sweetness to it.”

This jerky knows no limits

The dried meat snack industry has seen significant growth over the last decade, and T.O.P. Chops plans to grow right along with it. Dried meat consumption is up 18% and 92% of millennials replace one meal a week with a wholesome snack like jerky. The brand is getting ready to launch in Costco and Target stores in August 2019 and has scheduled launches in other large grocery chains in September and October of this year.

Readers who are interested in learning more about T.O.P Chops Jerky can visit their website or follow them on Instagram @topchopsnacks. Use code JERKYDAY to get 50% off your first purchase and celebrate National Jerky Day.

Credit: T.O.P Chops Jerky. Stay tuned! I will be featuring in my Father’s Day Gift Guide.