Archives for January 12, 2021

Rubio’s Adds Impossible Meat for 2021

Unique Mexican Spice Blend Creates New Experience for Rubio’s Customers

The new year brings a new addition to the menu at Rubio’s Coastal Grill. Beginning January 6, the home of The Original Fish Taco® will offer Impossible seasoned meat, made from plants. Rubio’s guests seeking to eat less meat as part of their new year’s resolutions can enjoy it in a new Impossible Taco Salad, or as a protein substitute on all chicken and steak entrées. Impossible meat is more sustainable, using a small fraction of land, water and energy, when compared to 80/20 ground beef.

 “We are using a signature blend of Mexican spices unique to Rubio’s in our Impossible Foods menu items,” said Rubio’s Co-Founder Ralph Rubio. “It pairs perfectly with our coastal-inspired flavors and expands our protein options that guests can feel great about eating.”

The Impossible seasoned meat has all the protein of 80/20 ground beef, does not contain animal hormones or antibiotics, is kosher, halal and gluten-free certified. Rubio’s is featuring the innovative Impossible meat in a new taco salad and two signature dishes:

·                Impossible™ Taco Salad: Impossible seasoned ground meat made from plants, romaine lettuce, black beans, roasted corn, salsa fresca, tortilla strips, sliced Haas avocado and signature pickled jalapeno ranch dressing.

·                Impossible Burrito Especial: Impossibleseasoned ground meat made from plants, handmade guacamole, chipotle white sauce, roasted chipotle salsa, citrus rice, black beans and salsa fresca in a warm flour tortilla. Served with tortilla chips.

·                Impossible California Bowl: Impossible seasoned ground meat made from plantscitrus rice, handmade guacamole, black beans, crisp romaine lettuce, salsa fresca, chipotle white sauce with your choice of salsa verde or roasted chipotle salsa.

About Rubio’s® Restaurants:

Rubio’s first opened in 1983, in the San Diego neighborhood of Mission Bay. Today, Rubio’s uses responsibly sourced seafood and continues to expand its menu with innovative recipes ranging from seafood tacos and burritos to California Bowls and crisp, fresh salads. In addition, Rubio’s offers all-natural chicken, raised without antibiotics, and all-natural USDA Choice steak, “no fried” pinto beans, handmade guacamole, a variety of proprietary salsas, and craft beer beverage options. The award-winning restaurant regularly receives accolades for its famous Original Fish Taco®. It was also recently ranked as one of Fast Casual’s “Top 50 Movers and Shakers” as well as one of the top five most loved fast casual chains ranked by Foodable Labs and Digital CoCo. Rubio’s is headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., and currently operates restaurants in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Self Disclosure: I received some form of compensation to post. Photo credit: Rubio’s.

Aquarium of the Pacific: Virtual Events Calendar

Pictured: Dat Nguyen is a guitarist who will play live on Jan. 30, 2021, during the Festival of Human Abilities featuring creative artists with disabilities. Photo Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Although the Aquarium is closed to the public for the time being as of December 6, 2020, it continues to offer its Online Academy and has new virtual events for everyone. Below is a list of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s upcoming virtual programming. The Aquarium is asking the public to lend their support to help the nonprofit institution survive and recover from the impacts of the closure. Donations and purchases are needed to help the Aquarium continue its ocean conservation and education efforts and to provide top-quality care for its 12,000 animals. The list below includes both free and fee-based virtual programs.  

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Pacific Time

Aquarium Online Academy Classes for Kids

Children of all ages are invited to enjoy live educational programming taught by Aquarium of the Pacific educators. Geared for all grade levels, from preK to twelfth grades, these live classes are offered weekdays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Topics for younger children introduce basic ocean and animal concepts, while older children can explore topics in marine biology, environmental science, and conservation. No sign-ups are required, and participation is free. Classes will be offered in Spanish on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. in January.

Cost: FREE, no RSVP required

Location: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website



Info: (562) 590-3100 or the above two webpages.

Saturdays, January 9 and 16, 2021

1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Pacific Time
Virtual Tour of the Northern Pacific Gallery

The Aquarium presents a virtual tour of the Northern Pacific Gallery allowing viewers to explore the gallery from the comfort of their own homes. Participants will get a chance to learn more about their favorite cold water animals and even peek at the behind-the-scenes area of the Aquarium’s Sea Otter Habitat. Viewers will also meet staff members from the Aquarium’s animal care team and be able to ask these experts questions. Registration in advance is required.Cost: $10 per household

Location: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website:

Info: (562) 590-3100 or the above webpage.

Sundays, January 10 and 17, 2021

12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Virtual Tour of the Tropical Pacific Gallery

Dive into colorful coral reefs as you take a guided virtual tour of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Tropical Pacific Gallery and see its newest exhibit Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities. Hear from the Aquarium’s animal experts, ask questions, and see Sula, a red-footed booby (sea bird), fly through the Tropical Tunnel. Registration in advance is required.

Cost: $10 per household

Location: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website:

Info/RSVP: (562) 590-3100 or the above webpage.

Thursdays, January 14 and January 21, 2021 / February 17 and 24, 2021

4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Pacific Time

Boy Scout Oceanography Merit Badge Program

Have you ever wondered how scientists study the ocean? Participants can learn about the field of oceanography in an interactive two-part virtual series designed for Boy Scouts working toward their Oceanography Merit Badge. This Aquarium educator-led program explores the physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of oceanography using real-time datasets, activities, engaging media, and peer discussions. Scouts will also be given at-home resources and activities to continue exploring beyond the class. Please note: The Aquarium of the Pacific does not provide merit badges. A certificate listing requirements completed during the program will be provided. Boy Scouts should provide the certificate to a Scout Master, who can then issue individual badges.

Cost: $40 per person, $35 per Aquarium member

Location: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website:

Info: (562) 590-3100 or the above webpage.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Virtual Festival of Human Abilities

The Aquarium of the Pacific invites everyone to its 18th annual Festival of Human Abilities, a celebration highlighting the creative talents and abilities of people with disabilities. This year the event will be a virtual online festival, streaming live from the Aquarium of the Pacific. This virtual festival will celebrate the creative spirit of people with disabilities, including dancers, musicians, and artists. The Aquarium will present the Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award to Infinite Flow Dance at 3:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

Cost: FREE, no RSVP required

Location: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website:

Info: (562) 590-3100 or the above webpage.

Ongoing free educational resources available on demand include:

Live webcams:

YouTube videos of classes for kids and adults, Pacific Pals puppet videos, and more:

Academia en Línea (classes for kids in Spanish):

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

Save BIG at the Pediped® Semi-Annual Sale

Cost-conscious consumers who want top notch footwear for their children at a fraction of normal prices don’t have to wait any longer to shop! The can’t-miss deals start Monday, 1/11 at as part of this year’s pediped® Semi-Annual Sale and run through January 25th. The sale includes shoes, boots, Maryjane’s, and even sandals for newborn to big kids! Prices will be close to factory costs for this sale, you don’t want to miss 35-60% off Top Sellers!

Offer beginning January 11: 3 pairs for $80, select styles

Visit the pediped website to see details for sale details beginning January 18.

The pediped® Semi-Annual Sale is always highly anticipated by customers because they know they are able to get some of our best products at deeply discounted prices. This year we’ve slashed prices on everything from our best-selling Flex® Naomi Boot for Kids to Originals® Fleece-lined Booties for Baby! Consumers can also stock up on accessories like socks, tights, and leggings, so head over to to check out all the great deals included in this year’s sale.

About pediped® Footwear Categories:

Originals®: For Baby (Newborn to 2 years)

  • The soft flexible leather soles of Originals® are recommended by pediatricians and podiatrists. The design closely mimics barefoot walking, and does not force a child to change his/her natural stride. Each style features a slip-resistant leather sole and includes pediped® patented signature hand-stitching, allowing for a breathable shoe.
  • Originals® styles retail starting at $39.95 and are available for children in sizes newborn to 24 months.

Visit for 40+ Baby Soft Sole styles and colors!

Grip ‘n’ Go™: For Toddler (Children 9 month to 3 years)

  • Grip ‘n’ Go™ styles provide a smooth transition for children learning to walk with a more confident stride. All Grip ‘n’ Go™ shoes include G2 Technology™, which includes a specialized soft rubber sole for additional cushion, rounded edges that mimic the natural shape of a foot to help with stability, a grip zone for additional traction, and a soft toe box that allows toes to curl and grip the floor. Varied styles come with additional features such as Memory Foam Technology™, and machine-washable capabilities.
  • Grip ‘n’ Go™ styles retail starting at $45 and are available in EU sizes 19-23, US kids 4-7.
    Visit for 50+ Toddler Rubber sole styles and colors for toddlers!

Flex® For Confident Walkers (Children 1 to 9+ years)

  • For those who have developed a solid, natural stride, Flex® combines high quality materials and advanced technology to create the perfect, stylish choice for all-day comfortable wear. All closed toe styles include the Flex
  • Fit System™, which offers a customizable fit with the use of additional insoles, extending the life of a pair of shoes up to two months. To top it off, a cushioned arch support and flexible rubber soles ensure coziness and ongoing healthy foot development.
  • Flex® styles retail starting at $39.95 and are available in EU sizes 20-36/ US 5 kids-4.5 youth (available sizes vary by styles).

Visit for 50+ Rubber Sole styles and colors for your confident walkers!

To view the entire pediped® collection, visit

About pediped®
pediped® Footwear was founded in 2005 by Angela and Brian Edgeworth in their quest for the perfect soft-soled shoe for their first daughter. Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort and distinctive styling have made the award winning company the fastest-growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped® Footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development. 

pediped® footwear is sold in over 200 stores in the United States and worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between their three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®.

Originals® (soft-soled shoes for newborns to age 2)

Grip ‘n’ Go™ (thin rubber-soled shoes for children ages 9 months to 3 years)

Flex® (rubber-soled shoes for children 1 to 9+ years) are available in EU sizes ranging from 20 to 36.

Credit: pediped.