Rubio’s Gives Free Chips & Guac on National Avocado Day

Rubio’s Coastal Grill is giving away free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order, in celebration of National Avocado Day on Friday, July 31, 2020. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Simply redeem the coupon (https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-avocado-day) at any of Rubio’s participating locations.

Operations at Rubio’s have shifted greatly due to COVID-19. While food safety and cleanliness have always been a top priority at Rubio’s, new initiatives include tamper-proof seals on all delivery orders, daily health checks for all team members, protective face coverings and gloves, extensive sanitizing and disinfecting of restaurants and patios, strict social distancing protocols inside and outside, and contact-free curbside or express pickup and free delivery, on all orders of $20 or more.

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

Self Disclosure: I received some form of compensation to post. Credit for information and image: Rubio’s.

Los Angeles Zoo Launches New Online Store

hop Now for Eco-Friendly Merchandise, Gorilla Collection to Celebrate Baby Angela, Educational Toys, New Line of Zoo-Branded Masks and Plenty of Plush Animals 

The L.A. Zoo is proud to announce the launch of the new L.A. Zoo online store, offering a variety of engaging Zoo merchandise for adults and kids.  Now, animal-lovers everywhere can shop for their favorite animal plush pals, zoo-inspired toys, colorful apparel, popular souvenirs, accessories and gifts.  The L.A. Zoo store also offers a brand-new Zoo Mask collection, including an animal-themed option, as well as masks featuring the iconic Ruben Rojas “Love” logo.  Ruben Rojas created the “Love” mural which has become a top photo spot located at the Zoo.  

Fans of Baby Angela can check out the Gorilla Collection, to celebrate the first baby gorilla born at the L.A. Zoo in more than 20 years. 

Other highlighted collections include: Quest Toys for tikes, the L.A. Zoo Logo collection, and the Save the World/Share Our World collection.  The Save the Future, Share Our World line features 5% recycled plastic and creates awareness among younger generations about endangered species, echoing the L.A. Zoo’s mission of saving animals from extinction. 

L.A. Zoo is also proud to offer select products from Ecokins, made by Wild Republic.  Ecokins are plush animals made from 100% recycled materials; each plush is made with reclaimed water bottle materials, embroidered eyes, paper tags, and biodegradable packaging. 

“We chose some of our best-selling items so they would be available for anyone to buy online, regardless of whether the zoo is open or closed. We also decided to add masks so people could show their love and support for the L.A. Zoo,” says Fabian De La Torre, Assistant General Manager for SSA, the concessionaire company providing retail, food and beverage for the Los Angeles Zoo.   

The store will continually add new items for sale so Zoo fans should check back regularly.  Please note, orders may be delayed due to COVID-19 safety guidelines. 

All items are on sale now at Shop.LAZoo.org; or go to LAZoo.org and click “SHOP.”

About The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA)
The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 55,000 member households representing more than 210,000 adults and children. As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

Credit: The Los Angeles Zoo.

Looking for fun enrichment opportunities for the kids this Summer?

With summer finally upon us, and homeschooling coming to a close, many parents are looking to find exciting summer enrichment opportunities for their children.

Storymakery, the first self-publishing experience designed uniquely for children, offers just that! Located in Laguna Hills, Storymakery is a one stop shop where kids can create a character, write a story, design illustrations and print their book – a total hands on, captivating, educational experience! 

Beginning June 13th, Storymakery will be reopening their doors for individual in-person experiences and summer camp opportunities – both in-person and virtual formats are available! These workshops provide kids the ultimate creative outlet allowing them to expand their writing, self-expression and cognitive thinking skills by developing and publishing their very own storybook!

Rest assured that Storymakery will be taking the following precautions for our in-store guests by using masks, temperature screening, frequent cleaning and camp groups of less than 8 students total. You can see their full COVID-19 Response and Measures listed on their website.

Here are a few of the options they are offering this Summer:

ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS BEGIN JUNE 15TH!  Ages 5-6, 7-9 & 10-12 Our popular Young Author Fiction Writing is now ONLINE, with fully guided writing lessons, studio time, art, and engaging self-express activities. Students across the country can join! Our half-day Summer Camps delve deeper into writing mechanics and topics for fiction writing while creating loads of enriching, imagination fun!

Each online camp is 5 days, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. US Pacific.  Up to 3 softcover books included. 
Choose a week from June 15th through August 17, 2020. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

ONLINE WRITING ADVENTURE CLASSES: Ages 5-6
Our Online Writing Classes  are shorter and ‘lighter’ than our camps! Classes are Monday through Friday (45 minutes) and include fully-guided instruction over Zoom, 1-2 Soft Cover books, engaging activities, remote access to character studio, and free shipping.  Class listings below! 
SUPERHERO WRITING ADVENTURE
There’s a big bad villain who is scarier than a goblin and that needs to go. The citizens in need are dear friends. Create your own plot to make this all end.
Weeks of June 8th & July 6th (Mon – Fri)
1:00-1:45 PM (US Pacific)
Enroll Today

ONLINE WRITING ADVENTURE
A fully-guided virtual class where students will choose their own genre. 
 Includes up to 2 softcover stories, writing time, art activity, remote studio access for character & illustration design & book shipping.
Weeks of June 15th, July 20th, & August 3rd (Mon – Fri)
9:00-9:45 AM US (US Pacific)
Enroll Today
ONLINE STORY WRITING CLASSES: Ages 7-12
Online Writing Classes are five-day classes Monday through Friday (1.5 hours) and include fully-guided instruction, 1-2 Soft Cover books, engaging activities, remote access to character studio, and free shipping. 
Enrollment Fee: $200 
ONLINE WRITING ADVENTURE: AGES 7-9 A fully-guided virtual class where students will choose their own genre.  Includes up to 2 softcover stories, writing time, art activity, remote studio access for character & illustration design & book shipping. Weeks of June 15th, July 13th, July 27th or August 10th
10 AM – 11:30 AM (US Pacific)
Enroll Today
SHORT STORY WRITING: AGES 10-12 A fully-guided virtual class where students will learn basic mechanics of creating a short story. Also includes 1 softcover (longer book), fun activities, and art
Weeks of June 15th, June 29th, July 27th or August 10th
1:00 PM -3:30 PM (US Pacific) Enroll Today
Credit: Storeymakery.

Rubio’s Giving Complimentary, Clear, Reusable Tote Bags for World Oceans Day Monday, June 8th and Tuesday, June 9th!

Photo Credit: Rubio’s.

With beaches across the country re-opening and World Oceans Day on Monday, June 8, Rubio’s Coastal Grill is giving away free, reusable tote bags. No coupon is needed, simply order from Rubio’s Coastal Grill on Monday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 9, to receive a complimentary bag, while supplies last. 

Celebrating the eatery’s long-standing commitment to the ocean and sustainability, Rubio’s has celebrated World Oceans Day for nine years by giving away reusable bags. This year’s bag is a clear, reusable tote that is made with 78% recycled material and is 100% recyclable. It’s perfect for family picnics or a day at the pool, and is approved for use at the sports events and concerts that so many look forward to safely attending again.

“We’ve missed spending weekends enjoying the beach during quarantine, and Rubio’s is passionate about keeping our oceans clean and safe for generations to come,” said Ralph Rubio, Rubio’s co-founder. “As beaches re-open and we welcome guests back to dine in our restaurants and on our outdoor patios safely, our dedication to ocean conservation includes serving a menu of craveable dishes featuring sustainable or responsibly sourced seafood, using reusable catering bags, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)-certified paper cups and compostable takeout containers.”

 Rubio’s locations across California, Arizona and Nevada are open, and guests are encouraged to order through the Rubio’s app and Rubios.com. Rubio’s is offering take-out, curbside or express pick-up and free delivery with a minimum order of $20. For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit Rubio’sFacebook and Instagram.

Credit: Rubio’s Coastal Grill. I received some form of compensation to post.

Don’t feel like cooking but want a home-cooked meal? Black Bear Diner has you covered!

Don’t feel like cooking tonight? I had the opportunity to receive a Family Meal from the Black Bear Diner in Torrance and my family was quite impressed! Black Bear Diner has locations throughout California and is currently offering curbside and delivery service of the new Family Meals to make family life easier.

They have quite a variety of meal choices for either breakfast. lunch or dinner. I chose to try the Chicken Fried Steak Family Meal and it was delicious! It’s perfect for a family of 3 or 4 people and included 4 Bear Paw Chicken Fried Steaks with country gravy, 4 housemade cornbread muffins, and a choice of 2 sides. I chose the Mashed Potatoes and the Seasonal Veggies!

This was absolutely delicious!

Black Bear Diner’s specially priced Family Meals are hearty, home-style food for the whole family – including breakfast (helping remote working parents during busy mornings.) Family Meals include Bacon, Eggs & Pancakes and Roasted Turkey Dinner and serve 3-4. You can find the options on their website here: https://blackbeardiner.com/.

I’m looking forward to trying one of their breakfast Family Meals soon! But, I really recommend their Chicken Fried Steak Family Meal which is $34.99. And, their chocolate cake is absolutely divine!

Don’t forget to order a slice of the Chocolate Cake! It’s big enough for 2!

You can find Black Bear Diner locations here.

Self Disclosure: I received a comped meal to facilitate this post but no other compensation was received and I highly recommend! Images by SoCal City Kids.

BOGO Memorial Day Meals at Rubio’s!

Rubio’s Offers Military & Veterans Free BOGO Meal on Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, Rubio’s Coastal Grill, with locations across California, Arizona and Nevada, invites military and veterans to enjoy one free adult entree, with the purchase of another adult entree. Simply bring military ID and show the coupon https://www.rubios.com/coupons/memorial-day-savings-2020.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill is also featuring Family Weekend Deals – two entrees for $15, or four entrees for $30. Guests simply enter the coupon code when ordering through the app or online at Rubios.com, or scan the QR code for in-store orders, Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25.

Operations at Rubio’s have shifted greatly due to COVID-19. While food safety and cleanliness have always been a top priority at Rubio’s, new initiatives include tamper-proof seals on all delivery orders, daily health checks for all team members, protective face coverings and gloves, extensive sanitizing and disinfecting of restaurants, strict social distancing protocols inside and outside, and contact-free curbside or express pickup and delivery. Guests are encouraged to order through the Rubio’s app and Rubios.com. Rubio’s is offering free delivery on all orders of $15 or more. For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit Rubio’sFacebook and Instagram.

Credit: Rubio’s.

The Habit Burger Grill for Mother’s Day!

Looking for a place to take Mom to lunch this Mother’s Day? The Habit Burger Grill is the place to go! I visited recently and I have a new favorite! I just love the Golden Fried Chicken Sandwich! The chicken is simply delicious and it is topped with a spicy red pepper sauce and served with fresh sliced tomato, lettuce and tangy pickles on a soft toasted bun. It is soooo good! I had to pair it up with my old time favorite: The Tempura Green Beans! Yum!

About The Habit Restaurants, Inc.

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 250 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as four international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I had the opportunity to visit The Habit Burger Grill to facilitate this post. I received a gift card to visit. Photo Credit: SoCal City Kids.

The Habit Burger Grill Serves Up French Onion Charburger October 3rd-November 21st!

    

Looking for a delicious Burger to try this weekend? The Habit Burger Grill has you covered! Their New French Onion Charburger is absolutely delicious! But, you have to hurry because it is only available for a short time! I usually go for their Veggie Burger or one of their salads but this sounded interesting and so I just had to try it! My favorite thing about it is the sweet caramelized onions and the two perfectly delicious and crisp golden onion rings. It is served on a toasted sesame seed bun, with fresh shredded lettuce and tomato. This one is definitely a must-try!

And, don’t forget to try my other favorite.. the Tempura Green Beans! I simply can not go to the Habit Burger Grill without ordering this delicious side.

 Better burgers are just the beginning at The Habit where the menu also includes hand-cut salads, grilled sandwiches including line-caught, sushi grade ahi tuna, fresh chicken, and hand-filleted marinated grilled tri-tip, and sides including onion rings, sweet potato and French fries, and tempura green beans. Guests can choose from a variety of peppers, lemons, limes, and sauces at a complimentary condiment bar to customize the flavor of their meal.

The Habit is known for its award-winning Charburger which features 100% fresh, never frozen ground beef grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and mayo served on a toasted bun. Their restaurants have been serving the Best Tasting Burger in America exactly this way since the first Habit opened in 1969.

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrill, twitter.com/habitburger  and youtube.com/habittube.

 

About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade ahi tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 230 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Washington and Maryland as well as five international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to try out the new burger and facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photos: SoCal City Kids.