Get Halloween Booritos at Rubio’s Coastal Grill – October 31

It’s all about the Halloween treats at Rubio’s, when every Boorito on the menu is just $6.99 all day on October 31. Simply bring the coupon: to any of Rubio’s participating locations, or use code BOORITO when placing an order online at or on the Rubio’s App. 

Guests in California, Arizona and Nevada can get any burrito for $6.99, from responsibly sourced seafood to USDA choice steak and all-natural chicken raised without antibiotics, to vegetarian options. Favorites include the Ancho Citrus Shrimp Burrito, Wild Alaska Salmon Burrito, Burrito Especial with all natural chicken, California Burrito with USDA choice steak or the Bean & Cheese Burrito, just to name a few.

Langostino Lobster fans won’t want to miss special fall entrees, including the Puerto Nuevo Burrito made with Langostino Lobster, the Langostino Lobster Bowl and the Langostino Lobster two taco plate. 

Rubio’s locations are open for dine-in, and guests may also order online, or through the app, for contact-free curbside or express pickup, or delivery. For more information and to view the menu, visit Rubio’sFacebook, and Instagram.

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Looking for wholesome healthy food options? Urban Plates is the place to go!

I recently had the opportunity to review a place I had never been to before and I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing the food was! (The customer service was also wonderful and I have to give kudos to the General Manager, Dean!) Have you been to Urban Plates, yet? I had heard of it but had never been so I was very happy to check out the location in Torrance. They have a great variety of choices to choose from. It was actually tough to make a choice. But, I tried the Grilled Sustainable Salmon plate with Cauliflower & Vegetable Rice and the Roasted Brussels Sprouts. They are both delicious!

Salmon Plate

My friend who went with me even tried the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with turkey bacon and she does not like Brussels Sprouts but she liked them! If you aren’t into seafood, no worries because they have so many other choices. One of the steak plates was a hit with my friend.

The mission of Urban Plates is to have a profoundly positive impact on the way the world eats by making craveable, wholesome, and clean food accessible to all. I think that is a pretty good mission! But, back to the food…we also tried the Moroccan Chicken Braise which is only $10 and it was soooo good, especially with Mashed Potatoes. Urban Plates has $10 everyday meals which really is a great bargain.

This was delicious!

Another great thing is that they do have Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Vegan choices. And, you have to save room for dessert because they have the best desserts! My favorite is the Hummingbird Cake! So, if you are looking for a great place to meet up with a friend or even buy take-out for the family, I suggest Urban Plates. I had a great time there and even went back later in the week. Don’t forget that right now Urban Plates is giving away free Plate Pass subscriptions in honor of their 10 year anniversary. (See the details in my other post!) It’s a great deal and is free for the first month. Hurry though! The offer ends on October 31st, 2021.

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

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.

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 ( 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 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; or go to 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

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! 
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

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 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 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:

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.