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Lazy Dog Restaurant’s Partnership with Habitat for Humanity This Holiday Season

I was invited to dine as a guest at Lazy Dog Cafe in exchange for this  post. All opinions are my own. 

This holiday season, Lazy Dog Restaurant is partnering with Habitat for Humanity on a very special project, in hopes of making the season a little bit brighter for those in need. From now through December 31, you can stop by your nearest Lazy Dog location and ask for one of their festive gingerbread house kits, which can be built at at the table, while you enjoy your meal. This adorable activity is just $5.95 and the best part is that 100% of net proceeds will go toward building homes in the Habitat for Humanity communities.Every day, Habitat for Humanity strives to help folks build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Assisting families in communities across the U.S. who are in need of decent places to live, Habitat for Humanity helps put a roof over their heads and give them a home for these and all the other holidays. Santa Claus himself couldn’t imagine a better gift.

“For me and my family, the best part about this time of year is being able to slow down and spend time around the table. At Lazy Dog, we’d love nothing more than to be a place where you and your family can do the same.” – founder and CEO Chris Simms said while announcing the partnership with Habitat.

Of course these little gingerbread houses are fun to build and delicious to eat afterwards (or as you build them) but they’ll also make you feel content knowing you’re doing it for a good cause.

For more information about the partnership between Lazy Dog Restaurant and Habitat for Humanity, and to find the Lazy Dog Restaurant nearest you, please visit HERE.

Some images are property of Lazy Dog and borrowed with permission. 


The 4th Annual Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage 7/12 – 8/18

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The Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association, the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rancho Mirage have teamed up once again to kick off the 4th Annual Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage. Locals and visitors can get their wristbands to participate and enjoy $4 appetizers, desserts and/or drinks. A portion of proceeds benefit Coachella Valley charities and the local chamber of commerce. The 2019 Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage runs July 12 – August 18, 2019.

“The Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage is special to the chamber because we have direct economic impact on our restaurants during the summer months. It is getting people into the eateries that sets this event apart as well as the incredible deals they offer. Locals love it! Area charities also help sell the wristbands to fundraise during this five-week long event. Everyone wins!” – Katie Stice, IOM, Executive Director, Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce

Here’s a list of participating restaurants & eateries:

  • 360 Sports at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa
  • Acqua California Bistro
  • Apong’s
  • Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Bernie’s Lounge & Supper Club
  • bluEmber at Omni Rancho Las Palmas
  • Brandini ToffeeBurgers and Beer
  • Catalan Restaurant
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Dringk Eatery + Bar
  • Enzo’s Bistro
  • Haus of Poke
  • Hielo Sno Shaved Ice
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Las Casuelas Nuevas
  • Maracas Mexican Cantina & Grill
  • Maria Jose Peruvian Gourmet
  • Norma’s Italian Kitchen
  • O’Caines Irish Pub
  • Pastry Swan
  • Pieology Pizzeria
  • Pinzimini at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
  • Roy’s Restaurant
  • Shame on the Moon Restaurant
  • Si Bon
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • The Slice – N.Y. Style Pizzeria Ristorante
  • Waters Café at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa

For more information about participating charities, restaurants and their specials, and to purchase wristbands, please visit http://www.TasteOfSummerRanchoMirage.com.

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Yogurtland’s Now Serving Knott’s Boysenberry Pie Frozen Yogurt

I was invited to a special media tasting in order to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

Yogurtland has teamed up with Knott’s Berry Farm to give fans a delicious froyo experience inspired by Knott’s most popular dessert, boysenberry pie. The new Yogurtland flavor, Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Pie frozen yogurt, was crafted alongside Knott’s and has arrived in stores, just a couple weeks before the Knott’s Berry Farm Annual Boysenberry Festival gets underway.

Each spoonful of Yogurtland’s Boysenberry Pie frozen yogurt flavor is bursting with
the jammy richness and sweet and tart taste of fresh boysenberries followed by
hints of a butter sweet pie crust. Inspired by the world-class award-winning pies, it’s
creamy and delicious, and no doubt Mrs. Knott herself would approve. For an added
boysenberry touch, Yogurtland will be serving mini boysenberry shortbread cookies
as a topping option.

“We are thrilled to be working in collaboration with Knott’s Berry Farm to celebrate,
in frozen yogurt form, one of Knott’s famous food attractions – the boysenberry pie,”
Our new Knott’s Boysenberry Pie froyo flavor gives fans of both brands something special to savor over and over again.” – Jennifer Ehrencron, Yogurtland’s senior marketing manager.

Knott’s Berry Farm started as a farm and evolved into a small fruit stand which has
since grown into a world-famous destination known for thrilling rides, famous fried
chicken dinners and delicious boysenberry pies. From the beginning, food and
dining have been at the heart of the Knott’s Berry Farm experience. The Knott’s
Boysenberry Festival is an annual event that celebrates the park’s historic roots by
highlighting the little berry that started it all, the boysenberry. Yogurtland’s new Knott’s Boysenberry Pie frozen yogurt  is now available in
Yogurtland stores so be sure to stop by soon! Also, as fans enjoy their Boysenberry Pie frozen yogurt at Yogurtland, they can also pick up a coupon good for up to $30 off one admission to Knott’s Berry Farm.  That’s a total win-win!For more information and to find the Yogurtland location nearest you, please go HERE.


Wood Ranch to Open WR Kitchen & Bar this Spring in Orange County

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Great news! Wood Ranch proudly announced the next step in the evolution of their popular brand: WR Kitchen & Bar! We are huge fans of Wood Ranch and we just can’t wait to try this out too! WR Kitchen & Bar will open its first location in Laguna Niguel (The Center at Rancho Niguel, 28061 Greenfield Drive) this Spring, with a second location set for Fall 2019 in Carlsbad.  WR Kitchen & Bar is tailored to today’s more sophisticated, time-challenged guest with a focus on serving delicious, high quality food at an excellent value, in an energetic, casually-upscale environment.Featuring a wood-fired open kitchen, WR Kitchen & Bar will offer an a la carte menu, allowing each guest more options to customize his or her order with maximum flexibility in selection of items and portion size. There will also be a wider price range, with items to accommodate everyone’s budget.

“We challenged our entire team to reimagine Wood Ranch to succeed for the next 27 years. We’ll never sacrifice quality, but we are making our service and systems more efficient and economical for our guests. We’re excited about what we’ve developed and believe our guests will be too!” – Eric Anders, Wood Ranch and WR Kitchen & Bar co-founder

At WR Kitchen & Bar, guests will be greeted upon arrival and order at designated locations at the bar, and then can sit in the dining room, bar or patio where their order will be delivered. Servers will stop by the tables to take additional orders for second cocktails, dessert or anything else a guest may want.WR Kitchen & Bar will offer Wood Ranch favorites including tri tip, baby back ribs, the BBQ chopped salad, and fresh, house-made desserts, along with introducing new items. Smoked Steelhead Trout will be available by itself, on salads and featured on a multi-grain grilled bread with guacamole and pickled red onion. Blistered Shishito Peppers and Burnt Ends Caramel Popcorn are new snack items, and a “Little Salad” of roasted heirloom carrots and goat cheese topped with toasted pistachios will be among the new starters. There will also be tacos, uniquely filled with a choice of brisket, pulled pork, smoked steelhead trout, roasted chicken or roasted cauliflower, as well as other new menu items.WR Kitchen & Bar will also feature a full bar, curated by our beverage team to offer hand-crafted batch cocktails, 12 craft beers on draft, and several outstanding value-priced wines. The bar will offer a lively atmosphere with seating for 16, while the dining room will have seating for 97, and the patio will have an additional 54 seats.

WR Kitchen & Bar will offer online ordering, take-out and delivery. For more information, please visit https://www.woodranch.com/wrkb/. You can also connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Celebrate International Frozen Yogurt Day at Yogurtland on February 6

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Yogurtland will celebrate the 8th annual International Frozen Yogurt Day celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Fans can bring a friend to celebrate and indulge in a buy one, get one free offer from 2pm – 7pm at all participating locations.This year, Yogurtland’s celebration of dessert creativity will include two handcrafted flavors made in collaboration with The Hershey® Company:

  • Chocolate Toffee Bar made with Heath Bar frozen yogurt – Fans are invited to enjoy a smooth and creamy low-fat frozen yogurt flavor inspired by Hershey’s® Heath Bar. Featuring sweet and buttery toffee, roasted nut, and smooth milk chocolate flavor notes.
  • Peanut Butter Cup made with Hershey’s® Cocoa and Reese’s® Peanut Butter frozen yogurt – Yogurtland brings back this fan favorite flavor, offering guests an irresistible combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Blending Hershey’s® Cocoa and Reese’s® Peanut Butter, this flavor creates a creamy spoonful of delicious sweetness in every bite.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating another year of International Frozen Yogurt Day with our Yogurtland guests, We invite all our fans to bring a friend and share in the fun of this BOGO offer by creating a tasty treat using any of our delectable flavors and delicious topping options.” – said Jennifer Ehrencron, Yogurtland’s senior marketing manager.

For a limited time, Yogurtland is also offering fans the perfect pairing of Hershey® toppings for these delicious flavors. Sweet meets salty with the Hershey’s® Cookies & Crème Popped Snap Mix. Combining Hershey’s® mini Cookies ‘N’ Crème Bars, mini chocolate cookies, pretzels, and chocolate-drizzled popcorn providing the perfect sweet and salty balance. Guests can also top off their sweet creations with the smooth and creamy Reese’s® Creamy Peanut Butter Chips.Yogurtland will celebrate International Frozen Yogurt Day at all of its locations on February 6th. Grab a friend and head on over to take advantage of the buy one, get one free offer from 2:00PM – 7:00PM! To find your nearest Yogurtland location, go HERE.

Images are property of Yogurtland and used with permission. 


Locca Churros + Tea Now Open Inside Union Market at Kaleidoscope Center

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

Have you heard the latest news about Union Market at Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo? Locca Churros + Tea is now open! Locca Churros + Tea  offers handcrafted tea drinks, bubble teas and made-to-order churros using fresh ingredients, and you’re going to be all over their entire menu!Locca recently purchased the popular Milk Box location at Kaleidoscope and is still serving the award-winning boba and milk tea menu that Milk Box was known for, along with new tea drinks Crazy Brown Milk Tea, Strawberry Jasmine Tea, Strawberry Matcha Tea, New topping options include Popping Boba Strawberry, Lychee Coconut Jelly, Fruit Mix Jelly, and Popping Boba Mango. Drink prices start at $3.50.Locca has also introduced fresh-made churros and ice cream. Churros, made fresh to order, are available with cinnamon sugar or dipped in real Belgium chocolate, and can be ordered with ice cream and a selection of toppings. Churros start at $4.50.

“Southern California is an epicenter of great food and food trends, and we hope to add to that, with our carefully handcrafted, freshly made churros, teas and boba. These are the perfect drinks and snacks to enjoy with friends, business colleagues at lunch, or as dessert after enjoying a meal, movie or other entertainment with your family here at Kaleidoscope.” – said co-founder Emre Yenici.

Locca Churros + Tea is part of Union Market Mission Viejo on the upper level of Kaleidoscope, at 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., adjacent to the 5 Fwy., in Mission Viejo. For more information, please call 949.420.9191 or visit http://www.thelocca.com.

images and logo are property of Kaleidoscope and Locca Churros and used with permission.

Marie Callender’s Whole Pie To-Go Sale Jan. 18 – Feb. 28

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Marie Callender’s Whole Pie-To-Go Sale is under way! From January 18 through February 28, guests can choose from more than 20 varieties of Marie Callender’s, starting at just $7.99 plus a tin deposit. Fruit Pies are offered at $7.99 plus a tin deposit and include:

  • Apple: Sliced sweetened apples, spiced with cinnamon.
  • Apple (No Sugar Added): Contains natural apple sugars, spiced with cinnamon.
  • Cherry: With juicy, tart, red cherries.
  • French Apple: Our traditional apple pie with a crumbly cinnamon streusel topping.
  • Peach: With thick sliced peaches.

Cream Pies are offered at $8.99 plus a tin deposit and include:

  • Banana Cream: Fresh ripe bananas, rich vanilla cream, fresh whipped cream or a fluffy meringue.
  • Chocolate Cream: Chocolate blended with our creamy vanilla custard.
  • Coconut Cream: Coconut folded into our rich vanilla cream.
  • Custard: Real vanilla and a dash of nutmeg accent this rich egg custard.

Specialty Pies are offered at $9.99 plus a tin deposit and include:

  • Chocolate Satin: Rich chocolate fills a chocolate cookie crust, with a rim of freshly-whipped cream.
  • Cream Cheese: A melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese filling in a graham cracker crust, with a pure sour cream topping.
  • Kahlua Cream Cheese: Kahlua mocha throughout our velvety cream cheese pie in a chocolate cookie crust.

Please note: Pie Sale excludes cheesecakes, seasonal fresh fruit pies, and promotional pies.

You’ll want to stop by Marie Callender’s more than once during their Whole Pie-To-Go Sale, especially on January 23, which is National Pie Day! Do YOU have a favorite kind of pie at Marie Callender’s? Share with me in the comments! For more information, including a complete listing of pies and to find a location nearest you, please visit HERE.

Images are property of Marie Callender’s and used with permission.

Ring in the New Year at John’s Incredible Pizza Company With NYE Celebration Packages

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 
If you’re looking for a fun place to celebrate with your family this New Year’s Eve, why not consider ringing in the new year at John’s Incredible Pizza Company? This year, they’re celebrating with special hours and celebration packages and each John’s location will be open from 7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. on December 31, 2018. This years celebration will feature one-night-only packages along with ball drop viewings, photo opportunities with IncrediBear, plus beer, wine and margaritas for adults..John’s Incredible Pizza Company combines a made-from-scratch All You Can Eat buffet with a vibrant Fun World entertainment area. The indoor facilities range in size from 30,000 to 60,000 square feet and are open year-round. Each location showcases a mix of traditional family-style items, innovative and fun food choices along with healthy alternatives all prepared onsite from fresh ingredients including:

  • Ten Signature and seasonal pizzas include John’s Spicy Peanut Butter Pepperoni, Buffalo Chicken, and Garlic Pesto.
  • A custom pasta bar features a variety of pastas, 8 homemade sauces, and vegetable varieties to create a pasta masterpiece
  • A variety of soups and a 40+ item salad bar
  • An assortment of homemade desserts.

Each John’s location include Fun World, a large entertainment area offering a variety of rides, redemption games, video games, and other attractions. John’s mascot IncrediBear makes special appearances at birthday parties, special events and more.2019 New Year’s Eve Packages at John’s Incredible Pizza Company
Celebration Package – priced at $19.99 and includes: 

  • Buffet + Beverage
  • Unlimited Rides
  • 75 Fun World Credits ($18.75 value!)
  • New Year’s Accessories including a Hat, Glow Necklace and Blowout

Premium Package – priced at $29.99 and includes: 

  • Buffet + Beverage
  • Unlimited Rides
  • 200 Fun World Credits ($50 value)
  • New Year’s Accessories: Hat, Glow Necklace and Blowout

John’s Incredible Pizza Company is located throughout California, Nevada and Oregon and their locations include:

  • 14766 Bear Valley Rd. Victorville, CA 92395
  • 3709 Rosedale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93308
  • 7095 N. Cedar Fresno, CA 93720
  • 2225 Plaza Pky. Modesto, CA 95350
  • 5280 Arrow Hwy. Montclair, CA 91763
  • 384 N. Sunrise Ave. Roseville, CA 95661
  • 6187 Valley Springs Pky. Riverside, CA 92507
  • 8601 On The Mall, Buena Park, CA 90620
  • 3010 Plaza Bonita Rd. National City, CA 91950
  • 9180 SW Hall Boulevard, Beaverton, OR 97223
  • 3700 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89119
  • 440 Newpark Mall Rd, Newark, CA 94560
  • 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683

Tickets for New Year’s Eve at Incredible John’s Pizza can be purchased in advance at JohnsPizza.com/NYE.  To get priority admission and 20 more Fun World Credits, pre-purchase your tickets for NYE by December 26!

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win a family 4-pack of tickets to John’s Incredible Pizza Company. The tickets are good for the all-you-can-eat-buffet and beverages and can be used at any of the locations. To enter my giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway is open through midnight on 1/3/19. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Winner will be mailed vouchers in the mail. Good luck, everyone! Happy Holidays!

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Small Plates and Sips at MainPlace Mall’s CPK + Enter to Win a Gift Card

I was invited to dine at CPK as a guest of MainPlace Mall in exchange for my coverage. All opinions are my own. 

Let’s talk about food. It seems to be one of my favorite topics and if you follow me on my Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you already know how much I love to share about food. So if someone invites me to dine out somewhere, you can 500% guarantee I’m going to be all over that! And that very thing happened a couple weeks ago.MainPlace Mall extended an invitation for us to come and dine at their CPK location.  I was excited to head over after work one day. Have you been over to MainPlace Mall recently? It’s located in Santa Ana and has been undergoing a bit of “facelift” lately, a sign of the times. As a teen, many of us enjoyed roaming around MainPlace Mall with our friends, and now the mall is basically growing up, right along with us. I like the idea of the transformation into more of a lifestyle center, offering shopping, dining and family entertainment too. It’s also centrally located in the city and is within close proximity to many of the city’s museums and other hot spots. CPK, otherwise known as California Pizza Kitchen. is just one of MainPlace’s dining options and is located in the “Patio Restaurants” area of the mall. Did I mention how convenient it was for me to pull up and park super close and just go right in? Other eateries in this section of the mall include:

  • Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
  • Wokcano
  • Applebee’s
  • Panini Kabob Grill

What I love about eating at CPK is whether you are stopping by for lunch, dinner or even small plates and sips after work, the food is always consistently fabulous because they strive to create unique dishes, using the freshest ingredients. You can actually taste how much care they’ve put into creating your made-to-order meal.CPK offers teas, sodas and other non-alcoholic options, as well as a full bar and beer and wine. We started the meal with a Cucumber Reviver, which is made with freshly puréed pineapple & cucumber with Monin. torn mint and agave sour and then topped with sparkling water. We also ordered a Sparkling Cranberry Cooler which is made with cranberry juice, sparkling water and fresh lime. These non-alcoholic drink options feel like a celebration any time of year.We decided to go with a few of CPK’s Small Plates and Appetizers to share, in lieu of ordering traditional meals. Do you ever do that? Maybe add in a cup of soup or a salad too? It’s fun to change it up. We tried to order things off the menu we hadn’t tasted before. If you ask me to choose which of these was my most favorite menu item, I wouldn’t be able to decide as they were all fabulous. Here’s what we tried:

  • Mexican Street Corn – This spin on a traditional favorite is made with creamy, sweet corn that’s been removed from the cob and roasted with smoked paprika, Feta and Parmesan. It’s served with fresh cilantro, lime and house-made Ranchito Sauce.
  • Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower – At first I wondered how this would even be a menu item and then I tasted it! Oh my goodness, it’s so good! Made with fresh cauliflower florets that are battered and fried to a golden brown. Then it’s tossed in house-made Sriracha buffalo sauce and topped with a salad of celery, cilantro, scallions and Gorgonzola.
  • Crispy Mac N’ Cheese – This is a twist on a classic dish. This mac n’ cheese is lightly fried with Panko and served on creamy cheese sauce.
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip – This is generally one of my family’s favorite appetizers and we make it all the time at home but we’d never tried CPK’s. It did not disappoint. It’s served hot with house-made blue and white corn tortilla chips.

We thoroughly enjoyed each of these are were so full after finishing them. However, it just seems unjust not to finish off a great meal with dessert. So we ordered one Butter Cake and a Brownie with Vanilla Häagen-Dazs on top from the Kids Menu. There’s always room for dessert, right?After we finished our meal, we took on the rest of MainPlace Mall for some serious shopping. I love the history of this mall as it has remained an integral part of the Santa Ana landscape over the years. It’s such a comfortable and inviting place to gather with friends and family for shopping, dining and entertainment. You should stop by and check it out soon!

MainPlace Mall is located at
2800 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705

I’m hosting a giveaway for one (1) of my readers to win a $25 gift card to CPK. To enter my giveaway, fill out the Rafflcopter below. Good luck everyone!
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For more information including the mall directory, dining options & hours, please visit HERE.

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