Caesar, May 26th Pet of the Week

Flame-point Siamese-y Caesar is a big boy at 18 pounds. He’s also confident, gentle, sweet and, as you can see, gorgeous beyond belief. Oh—and he’s blind, but he doesn’t seem to notice. In fact, he’s quite comfortable with his situation, at least as far as making the best use of his other senses. His only need is a forever home. Love is blind, especially with Caesar. Shelter hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 7700 E. Spring St. at the entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors). You can email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to speed the process for adopting Caesar. Ask for ID#A673807.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Marble, May 19th Pet of the Week

Marble is a German shepherd mix, about 3 years old. She’s another victim of a family moving and having to leave the pet behind. It took Marble a minute to feel comfortable with the shelter volunteers, but she’s feeling better and more playful with each day. She acts like Sherlock Bones on her walks, keeping her nose glued to the ground as she gathers clues. Our shelter’s at capacity, especially with big dogs like Marble, and everyone needs to be in a home, whether forever or foster. Please add this pretty Marble to your collection! Shelter hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 7700 E. Spring St. at the entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors). You can email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to speed the process for adopting or fostering Marble. Ask for ID#A650883.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Tank, May 12th Pet of the Week

Tank is just a big, happy boy ready to share a home with people who want a walking partner, a playing partner, a reading companion, a TV couch potato buddy, or any or all of these things. Tank is a striking, metal-gray 4-year-old American pit-bull who’ll be ever so grateful to have a forever home—in fact, he’ll Tank you demonstrably! Shelter hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 7700 E. Spring St. at the entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors). You can email PetAdopt@longbeach.gov to speed the process for adopting Tank. Ask for ID# A668969.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Rubio’s Coastal Grill Launches Three New Dishes Featuring Chipotle Honey Argentinian Shrimp

Calling all seafood lovers. On Wednesday, February 23, Rubio’s Coastal Grill locations in California, Nevada and Arizona will introduce new dishes featuring Wild-Caught Red Argentinian Shrimp with a sweet-spicy kick of honey and chipotle peppers. With its large size, bright color and exceptional flavor, wild Red Argentinian shrimp is a Rubio’s fan favorite.

“The rich, fresh, sweet-tasting Wild-Caught Red Argentinian Shrimp never fails to delight guests, and we’re thrilled it’s back on the menu,” said Rubio’s Co-Founder, Ralph Rubio. “Our Red Argentinian shrimp are sourced from the icy, pristine waters off the far southeastern tip of Argentina. They are wild-caught, never farmed, continuing our commitment to serving responsibly sourced seafood wherever possible.”

 While available, Rubio’s guests can enjoy wild-caught Red Argentinian shrimp paired with a specially created chipotle honey sauce. The culinary team has created three incredibly flavorful menu options, available for a limited time, including:

Chipotle Honey Argentinian Shrimp Bowl

Wild caught, grilled Red Argentinian Shrimp, crisp romaine, citrus rice and black beans topped with handmade guacamole, cilantro/onion mix, creamy chipotle sauce, a new chipotle honey sauce, pickled red onions and a slice of fresh lime.  

 Chipotle Honey Argentinian Shrimp Burrito

Wild caught, grilled Red Argentinian Shrimp, citrus rice, black beans, handmade guacamole, cilantro/onion mix, creamy chipotle sauce, a signature chipotle honey sauce and pickled red onions all wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. Served with tortilla chips.

 Chipotle Honey Argentinian Shrimp Two Taco Plate

Wild caught, grilled Red Argentinian Shrimp on top of melted three cheese blend, crisp romaine, and cilantro/onion mix. Topped with creamy chipotle white sauce, a new chipotle honey sauce and pickled red onions. Served on warm flour tortillas with black beans, tortilla chips, and a slice of fresh lime.

Guests are encouraged to order ahead through the Rubio’s app or Rubios.com. For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit Rubio’sFacebook and Instagram

Credit: Rubio’s Coastal Grill.

Rubio’s Taco Tuesday deals are now offered all day long!

 The Shrimp Trio

Rubio’s Extends Taco Tuesday Deals All Day Long

Original Fish Tacos Just $1.99, Including Lunch, Beginning Feb. 1

The new year brings a new perk for taco fans as Rubio’s Coastal Grill extends Taco Tuesday pricing all day long, now including lunch. Guests in California, Arizona, and Nevada can enjoy Rubio’s discounted offers, no coupon is needed. The all-day discounts include:

·      The Original Fish Taco™ — $1.99: Enjoy our signature wild-caught beer-battered fish, cooked to crispy perfection and topped with white sauce, mild salsa, and cabbage. Served on a warm, stone-ground corn tortilla.

·      The Fish Taco Especial — $2.29: Enjoy the classic Original Fish Taco recipe with handmade guacamole and cheese.

·      The Shrimp Trio — $7.99: Enjoy three fan-favorite shrimp tacos, including the Salsa Verde Shrimp Taco, Grilled Gourmet Taco™ with Shrimp and the Mexican Street Corn Shrimp Taco.

Guests are invited to order ahead through the Rubio’s app or Rubios.com. For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit Rubio’sFacebook, and Instagram.

I know where I’ll be eating tomorrow!

Self Disclosure: Images and information were provided. Some form of compensation was received to facilitate this post.

Monster Jam Stadium Championship Series Yellow Tickets On-Sale Now

**Enhanced Health and Safety Measures Implemented for Fan Wellness**

Grave Digger

This. Is. MONSTER JAM!  It’s time to fire up the engines again as the most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today roars back into the iconic SoCal dirt battleground home at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for three adrenaline-charged weekends on January 22 & 23; February 19 & 20 and February 26 & 27, 2022, marking the much-anticipated return of the first Monster Jam events back at Angel Stadium in nearly two years welcoming back fans at 100% full capacity following the pandemic pauseCelebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Monster Jam features world-class athletes locked in intense competitions of speed and skill.

  • MonsterJam.com to get exclusive early access to the pre-sale offer code to purchase advance tickets starting today to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public next week on Tuesday, September 28th.  

The popular Monster Jam Pit Party fan experience will return prior to every Anaheim event, where fans can see the massive trucks up close, meet their favorite drivers and crews, take pictures and enjoy other family-friendly fun.  This unique experience is the only place that allows people to get up close access to the Monster Jam teams and get an insider’s look at how these trucks are built to stand up to the competition.  Pit Passes are available for $20 for this VIP experience.

SoCal motorsports fans will witness heated rivalries, high-flying stunts and fierce head-to-head battles for the Event Championship.  Engineered to perfection, the 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks push all limits going head-to-head for points in Freestyle, Skills, Donuts and Racing competitions.  The Stadium Series Champion will receive a highly coveted automatic bid to the prestigious Monster Jam World Finals® to compete for the title of World Champion, scheduled for May 2022 in Orlando. 

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles-per-hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motorsports action seen around the world. 

Monster Mutt

The all-star Anaheim Stadium Championship Series features 12 skilled athletes fighting for the championship while putting on a spectacle, constantly innovating and always entertaining.  Five-time Monster Jam World Finals champion Adam Anderson gets behind the wheel of the legendary black and green wrecking machine Grave Digger®, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.  2020 Triple Threat Central Series® champion Colton Eichelberger, representing team Max-D™, makes his Stadium Championship Series debut.  Charlie Pauken returns to his roots driving Monster Mutt®, the truck he drove when he claimed the 2010 Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle Championship.  GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ title holder Bryce Kenny in Great Clips Mohawk Warrior®, aims to crush the competition against Megalodon®, the truck that redefined the phrase “jumping the shark” and set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD title for the most monster trucks jumped by a monster truck, driven by Cory Rummell.  Military veteran Kayla Blood in Soldier Fortune™ and 2019 Rising Star driver Camden Murphy in Bakugan Dragonoid™ also look to lock in the championship.  While family rivalry pits two-time Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle Champion Jim Koehler in Avenger against his own son Chris Koehler driving the fire truck themed AXE

WHERE:         Angel Stadium of Anaheim – 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92803

TICKETS:      Tickets are affordably priced for the whole family!

Tickets and Pit Passes will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com

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

Credit: Feld Entertainment. Information and images were provided.

Universal Studios Hollywood Decks the Halls to Rejoice the Return of Holiday Favorites, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas.”

Beginning Friday, November 26 and Running Daily through Sunday, January 9, 2022

My friend Gaby and I had a blast meeting Grinch at Universal Studios!

Looking for a fun place to take the family this holiday season? Universal Studios Hollywood is a must-visit! I had the opportunity to go and check out the holiday festivities and I had so much fun! My highlight of the whole day was meeting the Grinch! I actually stood in line for about an hour but chatting and posing with him was well worth the wait! I loved “Grinchmas!” The whole atmosphere just puts you in the holiday spirit.

There are so many fun places to take holiday photos!

The jolly “GrinchmasWho-lebration returns in festive fashion as holiday park-goers will be rockin’ around the topsy-turvy 65 foot-tall “Grinchmas” tree in Universal Plaza, adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of LED lights. A dazzling tree lighting ceremony accompanied by a snowfall flurry will take place every evening, bringing good tidings and season’s greetings as guests celebrate with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and the Who-ville Whos, who will be performing on select nights. A selection of themed Who-tacular sweet treats, including hot cocoa will be available for purchase.

I had a blast posing with Max and tasting the yummy treats!

Isn’t Max just adorable?
Don’t miss the Tree lighting! It is super cool!

Families will rejoice at the arrival of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” where the quaint wizarding village of Hogsmeade™ is transformed to reflect the holiday spirit featuring merry décor and jolly ambiance. Guests can take delight in special holiday a cappella performances from the Hogwarts Frog Choir, stroll through the village shops while sipping with a delicious Hot Butterbeer™ and enjoy savory festive fare at the Three Broomsticks™. 

Beginning at dusk each night, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle” dazzles with stunning imagery and animation as the impressive light projection show illuminates Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, bringing the iconic Hogwarts™ castle to life and infusing the land with the sounds of an arrangement of music from the Harry Potter film series.

Guests can commemorate their Christmas visit to Hogsmeade™ Village with a variety of exclusive keepsake items available for purchase, including personalized ornaments, garland, scarves and stockings.

The light projection show was quite impressive! You don’t want to miss it!

This was the highlight of the evening!

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Admission to Universal CityWalk is free. More information is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com.

Self Disclosure: I had a media invite to facilitate this holiday featured event. Image credit: SoCal City Kids.

Trick-or-Treating at Boo at the L.A. Zoo

Presenting Sponsor 99 Cents Only Stores is Providing Wildlife-Friendly Candy and Free Treat Bags for Trick-or-Treating Weekends at the Zoo.

The Los Angeles Zoo is dialing up the fun for the last two weekends of its monthlong Halloween celebration, with trick-or-treat stations throughout the Zoo Oct. 23–24 and 30–31 (while supplies last). All event activities are FREE with paid admission.  

Halloween decor, a spooky stroll, boo-tiful pumpkin patch photo ops, an extinct-animal graveyard, and weird and wacky animal facts await guests daily. The final two weekends include special animal feedings, live shows in Adventure Theater – “AbracaZoo! Magic” at 11:30 a.m. and “Spooktacular Science” at 2:30 p.m. – creepy spider web kits at its Craft Station (while supplies last), and more hair-raising fun.

Animal Pumpkin Feedings

Oct. 23
Hippos 11:30 a.m.
Aldabra tortoise in the South America section at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 24
Howler monkeys in Rainforest of the Americas at 11:30 a.m.
Red River hogs at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 30
Peccaries at 11:30 a.m.
Jaguars at 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 31
Snow leopards at 11:30 a.m.
Elephants at 1:30 p.m.

To learn more about this spooktacular event, please visit www.lazoo.org/boo.

WHEN:  Daily through Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with trick-or-treating and other special entertainment and activities on Oct. 23-24 and 30-31

WHERE:  Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, Ca. 90027 

COST:  Activities are included with the purchase of admission

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.