Archive for April, 2012
Update: The giveaway is now closed. The winner of the giveaway is Therese. Thank you all entering!
Are you a foodie? Do you enjoy trying seasonal menu items and all that local restaurants have to offer? If you do, then you won’t want to miss OC Tastefest, Orange County’s newest food and wine festival. The inaugural food, wine and entertainment festival will take place on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th.
There are over 25 participating restaurants in the festival including, Cucina Alessa, Port Restaurant & Bar, Marrakesh, Salt Creek Grille, Ten Asian Bistro, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Slater’s 50/50 and many more. All restaurants will serve three different items that will be priced between $1 and $6 dollars each. There will be a celebrity chef challenge with stars from Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, Bravo’s Top Chef and the Real Housewives of OC making appearances. The two day celebration leads up to the OC Marathon on May 6th.
The OC Tastefest will take place on
Friday, May 4th from 5:00pm to 11:00pm and
Saturday, May 5th from 1:00pm to 10:00pm
at the OC Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
OC Tastefest advance admission is $12 for a one day ticket. General admission at the event will be $20 per day. Each paid general admission ticket includes 10 Tastefest coupons. Tastefest Coupons, each valued at .50¢ are used to purchase food from participating restaurants. Menu items are valued at 2 – 12 taste coupons. A General Admission ticket includes 10 Taste Coupons, and the VIP Ticket includes 30 Taste Coupons. Additional taste coupons can be purchased: 20 taste coupons for $10 or 40 coupons for $20. There will be also be VIP admission tickets available for purchase. These tickets include VIP parking, VIP entrance and access to the VIP Tentfest with complimentary cocktails, wine and VIP seating. To purchase advance tickets and learn more about the event, head here.
It’s Giveaway time!!!
Win a pair of tickets to OC Tastefest. All you have to do is let me know why you need a day out and what restaurant are you most excited to taste from. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, May 1st at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!
I love sharing about cultural events in the area and this is one that you will not want to miss. LeaLA, La Ferial del Libro en Espanol de Los Angeles/The Spanish Book Fair of Los Angeles is coming to to the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 11th to May 13th. LeaLA connects the top Spanish authors to their readers and fans.It is a cultural event like no other, featuring all that Spanish literature has to offer. Authors from every genre will be featured, along with storytelling in Spanish from various celebrities. From your favorite cook book author to your child’s favorite author, you are sure to find something for every family member.
I can’t wait to take my kiddos this year because I’m trying to introduce them to Spanish literature. I’m also taking my Dad because I think he’s going to love attending some of the sessions and presentations. I’m trying to teach my children Spanish and I can’t think of a better way to do it!
The fair is in it’s second year and better than ever! Here are some of the features of this year’s fair.
- Kids zone with workshops, interactive book readings and activities
- Readings from top celebrities
- Storytelling for the kiddos
- More than 130 authors
- and much more
There will also be nightly concerts featuring amazing Spanish language artists, including Gloria Trevi on Friday, May 11th, Los Tigres Del Norte on Saturday May 12th and Calle 13 on Sunday May 13th. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com or at the Nokia Live Box Office.
Did I also mention that this event is FREE? You can enjoy a fantastic day with your familia learning all about Spanish Literature. I’m planning to heading there with my family and hope I can see you there.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign with Latina Bloggers Connect. However, All opinions are my own.
Earlier this year my son celebrated his 5th birthday. I love throwing birthday parties since I have some wonderful memories of my birthday parties growing up. I think the fifth birthday party for any kiddo is a special one and I wanted to make my little boy’s dreams come true. He wanted a fire truck party and he had one that he won’t soon forget with Company 77 Mobile Pizza Unit.
Company 77 Mobile Pizza Unit is like nothing you have ever seen before. The owners took over a retired fire truck and completely revamped into a super fun party mobile. They created a firetruck like no other! Complete with a complete gourmet kitchen, a sound system like no other, a photo booth and plenty of room to play, a Company 77 Mobile Pizza Unit is the ultimate party machine!
We had such an incredible time and the best part was that there was not much I had to do other than set up(I actually had help with that since I rented a bounce house and two tables and chairs for $99 from here) and the rest was taken care of. Company 77 provided the delicious food, drinks, utensils, party favors and entertainment. It was a great time!
The kiddos had a blast trying on firefighting gear, taking photos and well just having fun. Here are some of the features of the Pizza Mobile
- 1983 Pierce Arrow Pumper
- Beautifully Restored & Maintained
- Sun Powered
- Have fun with your own tunes on a BOSE Sound System (iPod/Radio)
- Jump Seat Photo Booth
- Real Fire Fighter Gear for play
- Fire Ladder Serving Bar
- PA System / DVD Wide Screen TV
- Rooftop Kitchen with working Water Cannon!
Now about the food, the artisan pizzas are out of this world. Crusts are naturally leavened using organic stone ground flour, sea salt and filtered water and they offer delicious vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy options as well. Honestly, the pizzas are some of the best I have ever tasted. Not only will this be a fun party for the kiddos but with delicious food to boot!
WE had a fantastic time and my son still talks about his “best birthday party ever”. Company 77 Mobile Pizza Unit birthday parties start at ) for $495 weekdays/$595 weekends for 25 guests (little guys are free!). Service features artisanal pizzas (cheese, pepperoni and always some chef’s surprises), fire hats and stickers, lemonade and ice water, and recyclable plates, cups and napkins. They also offer gluten/dairy free options by request. One last thing, make sure to tell your neighbors about the party, because nothing is quite as surprising as watching a huge firetruck pull up to your house with their lights on, or better yet, make sure to invite them.
To learn more about Company 77 Pizza Mobile Unit head here.
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A media discount was provided.
Do you have a kiddo that loves trains? I do. My five year old fell in love with trains from the moment he laid eyes on one. We have to pass railroad tracks on the way to my daughter’s dance studio each day, and my son loves every minute of that drive because he knows he will see train tracks and maybe if he’s lucky, a train. If you have a kiddo(or a husband) that has a love of trains, you definitely want to make sure to save the date, Saturday, May 12th is National Train Day!
National Train Day will take place on Saturday, May 12th in select cities throughout the country, including NY, Chicago, LA, and Philadelphia as well as hundreds of grassroots events throughout the nation. For a list of all event locations, you can click here
Union Station in Downtown LA, will be host to National Train Day Los Angeles and will feature
- Arts and crafts for the kiddos
- Meet and greets with Dora the Explorer
- Live entertainment
- Tour luxury train cars, freight, commuter and of course Amtrak passenger service
National Train Day Los Angeles will be taking place at Union Station. Exhibits and tours open at 11am, so make sure to get there early! It should be a fun day!
For additional info head here.
Can you believe April is almost over? That means that summer is creeping right around the corner and I’m already planning how I’m going to keep my kiddos entertained and make some great memories, because isn’t summer about making memories? I would say my favorite memories from childhood, are those lazy summer days playing until the sun went down. I want to make sure I create those type of memories for my kiddos and I know you do too!
My friend Liz, from Thoughtsofamommy.net, shared how she recently bought season passes to Knott’s Berry Farm for her family and shared about Knott’s Berry Farm’s easy to pay program. You can purchase season tickets and pay in 3 monthly installments of only $21.99. If you want to upgrade to also include Knott’s Soak City water park, you can pay 3 monthly payments of $29.99 for gold season tickets. I’m going to take advantage of this deal and purchase season passes for the entire family. I know with budgets being a little tight, it’s sometimes nice to spread things out in payments. I also plan on buying one parking pass.
If you’re planning on taking advantage of this deal, you have until May 1st to purchase the passes. Here is to a great summer!
To learn more about this deal head here.
I love summer for many reasons and one of my favorite reasons is the super fun movies that are released during the summer. One that my family is super excited about is The Avengers. Every time my son spots anything that has to do with The Avengers he goes a little nuts. Syreeta had the opportunity to attend The Avengers press conference and shares all about it.
When I was offered the opportunity to attend the very first press conference for Marvel’s The Avengers by Daytrippingmom.com, I was no less than ecstatic. I have been dreaming of this movie since I first saw The Hulk.The press conference took place in the ballroom at the legendary Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, where seeing Paul McCartney in the elevator may be an everyday occurrence for L.A.’s elite, but left a small city girl like me feeling quite starstruck.
The junket was well organized, with a delicious lunch served to tide over the multitude of reporters and journalists who were anxiously awaiting the arrival of some of Hollywood’s hottest actors. The press conference began with an exciting introduction of the following cast members: Kevin Fiege (Producer); Samuel L. Jackson (“Nick Fury”); Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”); Robert Downey, Jr. ( “Iron Man”); Chris Evans (“Captain America”); and Mark Ruffalo (“The Hulk”).
Once everyone was settled in their chair on the panel, the fight to be chosen to ask your question began. One journalist asked the cast what their most memorable moment was during the filming of the movie. There was a lot of laughter as they recounted a scene where Mark Ruffalo gets naked in front of another cast member. Samuel L. Jackson jokes that his most memorable moment was also getting naked in front of the same cast member, but not during the movie. Another reporter asks Chris Hemsworth if he has any real life sibling rivalry, and if so, did he pull from his own personal experiences to portray his struggle with brother “Loki” in the movie. Hemsworth laughs as responds that he needs a moment to think back to the last time his brother tried to take over the Universe.
The best part of the press conference was being able to witness firsthand the camaraderie between the actors; the laughs and the jokes showed that they truly enjoyed working with each other to portray these characters and create an amazing movie for all their fans to enjoy. The second best part of the press conference was the awesome swag bag I received for attending, which contained tons of amazing Avengers gear and goodies!
Producer Kevin Fiege alluded that the most important part of every movie leading up to the Avengers is that each one had to stand on their own, be successful on their own, whether an Avengers movie was made or not. The awesomeness of each of the previous movies combines to create one fantastic movie in the Avengers! The story line is that Thor’s evil and powerful brother tries to take over the Universe, and he must unite with the other super heroes to bring him down. The movie, which releases on Friday, May 4, 2012, promises edge-of-your-seat action scenes and side splitting comedy. I can’t wait to take my hubby and kids on opening night!
I can’t believe I didn’t post about this earlier! If you are looking for something fun, amazing, educational and did I mention FREE for the entire family, you have to check out the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The festival will be taking place this weekend April 21st to April 22nd. The Festival of Books is held at the University of Southern California’s Campus (USC) and is absolutely Free. The only thing you will have to pay for is parking ($10).
The goal of the LA Times Festival of Books is to connect people that love books, with the people who wrote them. Simple as that! The festival is a free public event, and includes exciting author events, storytelling, cooking demonstrations and poetry readings. The Target Children’s Stage will feature the authors of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the voices of Dora the Explorer engaging in storytelling.
For mom and dad, there will also be some FUNtastic authors including Bethenny Frankel, Betty White, Ricky Lake, Cheryl Burke, John Cusak and many many more. Some of these panels require tickets. The tickets are free but there is a $1 processing fee.
There is something for everyone! You won’t want to miss it. For additional info head here.
I love a good day at the spa. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had the time to head to the spa with a girlfriend and relax all my worries and stress away. One of my favorite spas in the area is Burke Williams Day Spa. You relax the minute you walk through the door and have a glass of cucumber water. Just thinking about it makes me relax!
Burke Williams is offering three special Mother’s Day packages that would be the perfect excuse to get away with a friend, sister or a great day with mom. Here are the specials offered in honor of Mother’s Day. They have locations throughout Southern California with two in Orange County, Mission Viejo and Orange and five locations in the greater LA area, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, West Hollywood and Torrance.
If you are in need of a special treat check these deals out.
Offered at Burke Williams Mission Viejo
Relax: Just $159 (regular price $205)
Enjoy a 25-minute Sugar Glo with your choice of a 50-minute Burke Williams Massage -or- a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel.
Escape: Just $259 (regular price $335)
Indulge in a 25-minute Sugar Glo with a 50-minute Burke Williams Massage -and- a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel.
For Two – A Special Mother/Daughter Experience: Just $289 (regular price $370)
Each of you will enjoy a 25-minute Sugar Glo with your choice of a 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage or a 50-minute Spa Style Facial.
Offered at Burke Williams Orange, West Hollywood, Torrance, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks and San Jose
Relax: Just $145 (regular price $180)
Enjoy a Spa Pedicure with your choice of a 50-minute Burke Williams Massage -or- a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel.
Escape: Just $245 (regular price $310)
Indulge in a Spa Pedicure with a 50-minute Burke Williams Massage -and- a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel.
For Two – A Special Mother/Daughter Experience: Just $275 (regular price $360)
Each of you will enjoy a Spa Pedicure with your choice of a 50-minute Burke Williams Massage or a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel.
Mother’s Day packages are available currently through May 13th. For additional info head here.
If you are looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend, check out the La Habra Spring Citrus Fair. The fair will be taking place this weekend and promises to be fun for the entire family. There will be food trucks,live entertainment, rides and more! I’ve wanted to attend the fair last year and didn’t get a chance but promised myself that we would try to head over tomorrow. Admission is Free and the weather will be perfect for a day at the fair!
For additional information head here.