Sandy, February 15 Pet of the Week!

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but no matter—every day is a good one to find the love of your life! Sandy, age 6, has been looking for hers ever since the humans that she thought would love her forever more abandoned her and her two canine housemates to our shelter. Both of the other dogs recently found their homes, but Sandy is still lovelorn and waiting. You can see it in her gentle, soulful eyes, which match her personality. She’s spayed and ready to go home. Meet Sandy on the shelter side of the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A490627.

(The usual suspects—and some unusual—contributed to this rescue)

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village. 

Meet the Aquarium’s new sea lion, Cain! NEW SEA LION TO MAKE HOME AT THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

A sea lion boarded a plane, leaving the southeast U.S. for his new home in California at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Cain is a high-energy California sea lion, who comes from another Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facility. He is four years old and weighs nearly 250 pounds. While most of the sea lions and seals at the Aquarium of the Pacific prefer herring and capelin for their meals, Cain prefers to eat squid. On February 8 at 9:00 a.m. members of the media are invited to meet Cain. Cain will be in an introduction area next to the Seal and Sea Lion Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific, where staff will be able to gradually introduce him to Parker, Harpo, Ellie, and other sea lion and seal residents. Cain will join the other animals in the larger Seal and Sea Lion Habitat when he is fully accustomed to living with his new family. The public can see Cain when the Aquarium opens that morning at 9:00 a.m.

California sea lions can be found from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to Baja California, Mexico. Sea lions inhabit temperate or subtropical waters. They haul out on land, rocks, or structures such as piers, boats, breakwaters, and buoys. Although hunted in the past, the current sea lion population has increased substantially along the West Coast of the United States since the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.

WHEN:           On exhibit now!  – See all the coverage with the hashtag #AOPCain.

WHERE:         Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific. 

Photo by Robin Riggs.

Pepper, February 8th Pet of the Week!

 

 

Peekaboo! I see you! It’s little Pepper, an 8-month-old little female calico who was found on the streets as a stray. As you can see from her photo, Pepper is up for play at any time and will add as much zest to your life as her name suggests! She’s a beauty, too. Meet Pepper at the Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A602173.

(This rescue was encouraged by the usual suspects.)

 

Credit: Courtesy of the Companion Animal Village.

Los Angeles Zoo Celebrates Valentine’s Day By Offering A Special Online 2 FOR 1 Discount*, $10 Off Any Membership Purchase AND AN EXCLUSIVE #LAZOOLOVE PHOTO OP! ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 10 am- 4 pm

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham.

Spend some koala-ty time with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day at the L.A. Zoo by taking advantage of a 2 for 1 discount* for all couples on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm. Purchase a general adult admission ticket and receive a second ticket of equal or lesser value for free. Offer is available for online ticket purchases only using discount code: LAZOOLOVE Tickets available at www.lazoo.org. Limit 6 ticket purchases per person. Guests will also be able to enjoy a #LAZooLove Valentine’s Day photo op. All visitors are encouraged to use the hashtag #LAZooLove during their visit.

Zoo visitors who purchase a membership before entry will receive an exclusive $10 discount* applied to any member level when purchased at the membership booth on February 14, 2018 only. Discount is applicable for new members only. More information about membership levels and benefits can be found at: www.lazoo.org/membership

*Discount cannot be combined with any other offer or previously purchased tickets.

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.
About the Los Angeles Zoo
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), which holds member institutions to rigorous professions standards for animal welfare, the Los Angeles Zoo is renowned as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. Drawing nearly 1.8 million visitors each year, the L.A. Zoo is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org

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!

 

MONSTER JAM® Crushes Through Angel Stadium of Anaheim with Record-Setting Five Action-Packed SoCal Events 2018 Anaheim Event Schedule Includes Jan. 13th, Jan. 27th, Feb. 10th and Feb. 24th & 25th **Seven New Trucks Making Their Anaheim Debut Appearances**

     

Featuring more Monster Jam® events than any other city in the country, the 12,000 lb. Monster Jam trucks are ready to roar full throttle back into Angel Stadium of Anaheim with a newly added 5th weekend event – marking the first-ever Sunday event for Southern California fans!  Now the most adrenaline-charged motorsports experience for families on the planet returns to Anaheim in 2018 with more action and bigger trucks than ever before ready to battle it out in the ultimate event of speed, racing, stunts and demolition for another season of high-octane weekend events between January 13 – February 25, 2018.

 

This year’s massive truck lineup features appearances by Monster Jam super-truck icons Grave Digger® and MAX-D™, along with World Finals Champions El Toro Loco®, Son Uva Digger®, Overkill Evolution, Avenger, Bounty Hunter and VP Racing Fuel’s® Mad Scientist.  The season is highlighted by seven trucks making their Anaheim debut appearances including all-new 2018 season trucks BroDozer (inspired by the popular Discovery Channel TV show “Diesel Brothers”) and Whiplash, along with Mutant, Rammuntion, Hotsy and Black Pearl plus the newest member of the Monster Jam beasts family – the menacing giant shark Megalodon.

 

Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.   Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. New in 2018 across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones.

 

In addition to the world-class racing and freestyle competition action, fans can come to the stadium early to enjoy the Monster Jam® Pit Party pre-show experience – which gives fans unparalleled access to view their favorite trucks up-close and meet the star drivers for autographs & photos. New for 2018, Monster Jam has introduced the limited quantity Pit Party Early Access Pass that provides fans early entry into the Pit Party one hour before open to the general public (at Saturday events only).

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 13, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Adam Anderson; Max-D driven by Neil Elliott; El Toro Loco® driven by Bryan Wright; Megalodon driven by Alex Blackwell; Whiplash driven by Brianna Mahon; Mutant driven by    Todd LeDuc; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior driven by Bryce Kenny;  Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Brad Allen; Avenger driven by Jim Koehler; Big Kahuna driven by Shane England; Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon;   Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo;  Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims; and Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal.                          **Truck line-up subject to change

 

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 27, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Adam Anderson; Max-D driven by Neil Elliott; El Toro Loco® driven by Bryan Wright; Megalodon driven by Alex Blackwell; Whiplash driven by Brianna Mahon; Mutant driven by    Todd LeDuc; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior driven by Bryce Kenny;  Monster Mutt® Rottweiler driven by Brad Allen; Avenger driven by Jim Koehler; Big Kahuna driven by Shane England; Ice Cream Man driven by Roy Pridgeon;   Jester driven by Matt Pagliarulo;  Stone Crusher driven by Steve Sims; and Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal.

**Truck line-up subject to change

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, February 10, 2018

   Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Charlie Pauken; Max-D driven by Tom Meents; El Toro Loco driven by Chuck Werner; Monster Mutt Dalmatian driven by Candice Jolly; Brodozer driven by Colt Stephens; Team Hot Wheels driven by Scott Buetow; Scooby-Doo driven by Mike Thompson; Pirate’s Curse driven by Cory Rummell; Wild Flower driven by Rosalee Ramer; Devastator driven by Mark Schroeder; Obsessed driven by Eric Swanson; Over Bored driven by Jamey Garner; and Time Flys driven by Kelvin Ramer.                              **Truck line-up subject to change

 

WHEN:                 Saturday, February 24, 2018

                                Pit Party open from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 5:00 PM)

Event Time – 6:30 PM

Sunday, February 25, 2018

                                Pit Party open from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Event ticket & Pit Pass required for entry. Drivers leave Pit Party at 1:00 PM)                                               Event Time – 3:00 PM

 

Featured Trucks/Drivers:  Grave Digger® driven by Randy Brown; Son-uva Digger driven by Ryan Anderson; Dragon driven by Jon Zimmer; Gas Monkey Garage driven by BJ Johnson; Scooby-Doo driven by Hayley Gauley; VP Racing Fuels’ Mad Scientist driven by Lee O’Donnell; Xtreme Diesel driven by Dave Radzierez; Barbarian driven by Devin Jones; Overkill Evolution driven by Mike Vaters II; Black Stallion driven by Mike Vaters; Bounty Hunter driven by Austin Minton;  Iron Outlaw driven by Mike Christensen; Hotsy driven by Kurt Kraehmer; and Rammunition driven by Mat Dishman.                                                                                                                                **Truck line-up subject to change

 

WHERE:               Angel Stadium of Anaheim – 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806

 

PIT PARTY:          Open from 2:30 PM–5:30 PM prior to each Saturday event; 11:30 AM–1:30 PM on Sunday Feb. 25

Exclusive Pit Party Early Access Pass entrance at 1:30 PM (Saturday events only)

**Event ticket and Pit Passes are required for entry; Pit Passes available to purchase for $10 each

 

TICKETS:               Ticket prices start at just $25!

Pit Passes available for $10 each; Pit Party Early Access Pass pricing starts at $50 each

 

Tickets now on sale – all seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000; tickets will be available for purchase in-person at the Angel Stadium box office starting December 4, 2017.

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

For specific info on each Monster Jam Anaheim event, please visit these MonsterJam.com sites:

Jan. 13:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca-0

Jan. 27:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca-3

Feb. 10:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca

Feb. 24 & 25:  https://www.monsterjam.com/en-US/events/anaheim-ca-4

 

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www.facebook.com/MJOnline, www.twitter.com/MonsterJam & www.instagram.com/MonsterJamLive

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/MonsterJamLive

Credit: Monster Jam®

Tickets For DISNEY LIVE! Presents Mickey And Minnie’s Doorway To Magic Coming to the Southland January 18, 2018 – January 21, 2018! Tickets On-Sale Now!

Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions when Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic visits Long Beach Terrace Theatre & Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario from January 18-January 21. Tickets are on sale now.

Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun. In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic, you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination.

L O N G   B E A C H

WHEN:                 Thursday, January 18 – Friday, January 19

  • Thursday, January 18 6:30 PM
  • Friday, January 19                 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM

 

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

 

TICKETS:           Ticket prices start at $20

                                 Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, 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

 

O N T A R I O

WHEN:                 Saturday, January 20 – Sunday, January 21

  • Saturday, January 20 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 21 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

 

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

 

TICKETS:           Ticket prices start at $20

                                Tickets available for purchase online at DisneyLive.com or Ticketmaster.com, 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 learn more about Disney Live!, go to www.DisneyLive.com, visit us on Facebook and YouTube and follow us on Twitter @Disney Live!

Credit: Feld Entertainment.

Looking for a great place to catch a bite to eat this holiday season? Islands is the place to go!

     

Are you out and about still shopping for the holidays? I know I am but only for a few more days…I hope! But, one of my favorite places to go and grab a quick bite is Islands! I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite Islands locations last week and as usual…the service and the food was great! My husband loves their burgers and he says they really have the freshest hamburger buns around!

I love their tacos! One of my favorites is the Islands’ Yaki Tacos – Flour tortillas stuffed with grilled chicken, teriyaki sauce, cheddar & Jack Cheese, fresh pineapple salsa, lettuce and tomatoes with a side of ranchero beans. But, I opted to try something new! I STILL had tacos but I tried their Northshore Tacos, Limited this time. It’s from their Paradise’s Bikini Beach options which are fewer calories but then I had to get a side of their guacamole…lol..so not sure if it was fewer calories by then but it was delicious!

I always have a wonderful time when I visit Islands! The customer service is amazing and I like that they have a wide variety of food so I always can try something new when I go there! I also tried their Chicken Tortilla Soup and I highly recommend it! If you are looking for an appetizer…you have to try my all time favorite: The Spinach and Artichoke Dip! Honestly, I can not go there and not order it!

     

Islands also offers a Gremmie menu including Li’l Sliders, Half Sandcastle (grilled cheese), Jr. Wave Burger and more.

**Additionally, Islands is giving a $5 bonus card for every $25 gift card purchase through December 31st**  Now, how cool is that?! So, don’t forget to go to Islands this holiday season! 

 

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to review Islands to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.