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The Habit Burger Grill, known for its award-winning Charburgers, introduces its new refreshing summer salad, the Fresh Berry and Toasted Almond Salad with Chicken. The limited time special is available now through August 21 at participating Habit Burger Grill locations for $7.95.
The Habit’s new Fresh Berry and Toasted Almond Salad serves up a perfectly seasoned chargrilled chicken breast atop a bed of hand-cut garden greens with fresh sliced strawberries and blueberries, topped with toasted almonds and feta cheese, tossed in a house-made strawberry balsamic vinaigrette making for a delicious summer treat.
“Enjoy our crisp, cool summer salad for the perfect meal this season. With the ideal combination of sweet and savory, satisfying crunch and fresh flavors, this salad will become your new favorite.” – Chef Adam Baird, The Habit’s vice president of food and beverage and creator of this limited time special.
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.
I’m also hosting a giveaway for one of my readers to win a $25 gift card for The Habit Burger Grill. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck, everyone.
I was invited to dine as a guest of Lucille’s in order to write this post. All opinions are my own.
During the month of April, Autism Awareness Month, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, the family-owned, award-winning barbeque destination, has teamed up with three autism organizations to raise awareness and funds during the month of April to support the autism community. The three organizations include Autism Speaks, the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center and the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation.Lucille’s will donate to these three worthy causes through Round It Up America contributions – in which guests “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar – at all 23 Lucille’s locations throughout Arizona, California and Nevada during the month of April to support Autism Awareness month. For donations of $5 or more made during the month of April, Lucille’s will give guests a $10 bonus card good for a return visit between May 1 and June 30, 2018 (one per table, please). Lucille’s has been participating in Round It Up America, platform that encourages restaurant guests to donate change; over the past ten years, Round It Up America has collectively raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations and programs across the country.As another way to support these organizations, Lucille’s will be serving up a drink called the “Blue Bayou”, inspired by the color for autism awareness and is made from fresh blueberries & blackberries, 1800 Reposado and Coconut Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. For each Blue Bayou sold in April, Lucille’s will donate an additional $1 towards the cause.
“We first started this fundraiser in our Las Vegas restaurants in 2016 because this condition hits close to home for many at Lucille’s, employees and guests alike. We have since taken the fundraiser across all of our locations. We have seen that the Lucille’s community can make a difference when we come together for a common cause, and we know that this year will only prove the same for these three organizations.” – Brad Hofman, President, Hofman Hospitality Group
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. Go to AutismSpeaks.org to learn more, donate or join a fundraising walk.
About Grant a Gift Autism Foundation
Founded in 2009, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation grew out of the struggle of a mom whose son, Grant, was diagnosed with autism and other neuro-developmental conditions. Grant a Gift Autism Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization helping children, youth and their families fight autism by providing diagnostic and treatment funding, support services, social skills and vocational training, transition planning, and education. For additional information, please visit http://www.GrantAGiftFoundation.org.
Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized nonprofit that conducts innovative research, provides evidence-based practices, disseminates effective training and builds inclusive communities for individuals with autism and their families. For more information on SARRC, visit http://www.autismcenter.org.
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There are SO many things I love about this time of year at Knott’s but most of all, the start of the Boysenberry Festival! The festival runs from March 16 through April 8 and this year’s festival is better than ever!If you’ve never experienced it before, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is a must-do! This annual food-inspired event celebrates the park’s historic roots by highlighting the little berry that started it all…the boysenberry. This year’s festival will feature over 75 new and returning boysenberry-inspired creations crafted by Knott’s amazing culinary team.Park guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a tantalizing lineup of treats ranging from savory foods with a boysenberry twist to refreshingly sweet and tangy. There are many one-of-a-kind specialty desserts that can only be found at Knott’s Berry Farm during this time of the year, which is why I seriously recommend heading to the festival at least once before April 8.Did you know that the boysenberry is a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry and is named after its originator Rudolf Boysen. The Knott family was the first to successfully harvest and sell the boysenberry on the land that is now known as Knott’s Berry Farm.Guests at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival will find boysenberry specialty food and drinks throughout the park and can navigate their taste buds using the Event Guide. A great option for guests to indulge in a variety of new and returning food items during the festival is the tasting card.
Priced at just $30, the tasting card is a great value and offers 8 of the new food options per card and! Here’s another cool part about it, if there’s something on the tasting card you might not care to try, you can use the tasting card vouchers for a different item on it. I may have used mine to get not 1 but TWO of the boysenberry coconut macaroons on my visit! Mmm! Please note: Signature boysenberry items not offered on the tasting card are available for purchase a la carte.Let’s take a closer look at each of the 8 offerings on this year’s festival tasting card!
Slow Cooked Boysenberry Short Rib – Slow cooked to perfection, this juicy meat is smothered in boysenberry hoisin sauce served over butter basmati rice and complete with chopped green onions will leave guests asking for more.Boysenberry Pierogies – These are new for this year and are like little pillows filled with cheddar cheese and topped with onions, bacon and boysenberry sour cream. The pierogies are a bursting a combination of sweet and savory flavors.Boysenberry Chicken Wings – The guest favorite and finger-lickin’ boysenberry chicken wings will be available during the festival; the irresistible wings are smothered in the delicious and popular boysenberry BBQ sauce which is made exclusively at the Farm.Boysenberry Coconut Marcaroon – Sweets and desserts are a key part of the festival and this year the culinary team is introducing the scrumptious, perfectly bite-sized boysenberry coconut macaroons, dipped in a decadent chocolate ganache, which are great to enjoy while strolling through the park. Boysenberry Elote – The boysenberry elote is one of the satisfying treats guests will be able to find in the streets of Ghost Town. The lightly grilled corn is smothered in fresh boysenberry butter, mayo and perfectly topped off with cotija cheese.
Boysenberry Hummus with Grilled Pita Bread – a new vegetarian/vegan option like the highly enjoyable boysenberry hummus served with pita bread and prepared with garden-fresh boysenberries.Boysenberry Cheese Quesadilla – Another new item for this year is the first ever boysenberry quesadilla! Made with a boysenberry-infused flour tortilla, prepared with boysenberry salsa, boysenberry sour cream, sprinkled with cotija and mozzarella cheese, it’s so delicious!Boysenberry Sausage on a Bun – This is a popular item for meat lovers! This very filling boysenberry grilled sausage on a bun prepared with a freshly farm-baked roll and topped with boysenberry ketchup, relish and mustard.Tasting cards for the Boysenberry Festival are available for purchase online at Knotts.com or else inside the Park.
In addition to the tasty treats, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers a wide selection of daily entertainment, live music and fun activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is just another great reason to consider grabbing a Knott’s Season Pass for everyone in your family. With no blackout dates, you can go back and visit the Boysenberry Festival several times before it goes away after April 8!For more information about Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, please go here. Connect with Knott’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and join in the conversation on social media by using and following #BoysenberryFestival!
This post was sponsored by Ling Ling. All opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Last week, I had a unique opportunity to attend a Ling Ling Asian Foods cooking class in L.A. at Hipcooks. The class was led by Chef Katie Chin and attended by a fun group of local influencers. The place was beautifully adorned with festive red and gold decor and some traditional New Year’s decorations. Since Chinese New Year is just around the corner, falling on Friday, February 16 this year, I was excited for the opportunity to try out several simple-to-prepare-at-home Ling Ling items that you can put together to make an easy meal for your family. I’m addicted to Ling Ling Potstickers and now they offer Fried Rice and Noodles, too! All of the Ling Ling items are perfect for preparing your own an authentic Asian Chinese New Year meal at home.It was night of laughter and learning led by Chef Katie Chin, who is an extremely talented and just an adorable person. She shared so much with us. Not only did she give us some helpful tips to plan our Chinese New Year menus, she was also very open and personable and sharing quite a bit about her personal story and how she came to be involved in the culinary industry.Chef Katie started off by teaching us how to blanch kale and green beans to use in 2 simple recipes: a Kale with GingerSalad and Sweet & Spicy Green Beans. I had no idea how easy it is to blanch veggies but I know I’ll do it more often now. Both of these recipes make great side dishes to feature on your Chinese New Year menu. (Please see down below for recipes.)After we were finished preparing these two dishes, we all sat down to enjoy an early Chinese New Year dinner together. The table was filled with delicious Ling Ling entrees and New Year’s decor.Ling Ling’s most well known product are their potstickers. Have you tried them before? They’re made with delectable chicken or pork, and tender vegetables and are expertly combined in a mouthwatering dumpling wrapper. Each comes with Ling Ling signature dipping sauce and they are so delicious!Ling Ling also has Fried Rice dishes from Japan and China. Their authentic recipes are expertly crafted and made with tender vegetables, delicious proteins and flavor infused rice that tastes great down to the last grain. You’re going to love these once you try them and they are so simple to prepare at home. Ling Ling Fried Rice is available in Yakitori Chicken, Yakiniku Beef, Thai-Style Chicken, Chinese-Style Vegetable, and Bibimbap Beef flavors.Another great Ling Ling product available in stores are the Authentic Asian-style noodles infused with delicious sauces, succulent proteins, and vegetables. There are two traditional Asian varieties to choose from: Drunken Noodles and Yakisoba Noodles.Aside from all of the food, I also enjoyed getting to learn about some Chinese New Year customs and traditions from Chef Katie. Here are some of the DOs and DONTs to follow for starting out the New Year:
Don’t use foul language or bad words on New Year’s Day or they will follow you throughout the year.
Don’t wash your hair on the actual Chinese New Year because you will “wash away” your good luck for the year.
Greeting friends with oranges or tangerines (with the leaves still attached if possible) during the New Year will ensure that your friendships remain intact
Don’t sweep on New Year’s Day as you’ll “sweep” all your good luck out the door
Be sure to step into new shoes on New Year’s morning to start your year off on the right foot. This was a personal favorite of Chef Katie and I can see why.
One of the cool customs we also learned about was the distribution of red envelopes to children, filled with money to start the year with prosperity. These signify Joy and Luck!I was so inspired by Chef Katie, that I went and purchased her latest cookbook, a tribute to her mom; Everyday Chinese Cookbook – 101 Delicious Recipes from My Mother’s Kitchen. A very special thank you to Chef Katie Chen and Ling Ling Asian Foods for hosting me for a fun night out! Kale with Ginger (serves 4) Ingredients:
1 large bunch kale, rinsed with hard stems and center ribs removed and coarsely chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh minced ginger
2 teaspoons neutral oil, such as canola
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
Instructions: Blanch kale in boiling water until bright green. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to an ice bath to cool. Drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the kale and stir-fry for a few minutes until wilted but still slightly crunchy. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
h the beans in boiling water until tender-crisp (about 3 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, transfer to an ice bath to cool. Drain and set aside.Sweet & Spicy Green Beans (serves 4)
1 pound green beans, washed and trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 Tablespoon neutral oil, such as canola
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon Srircha sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 green onion, green and white parts, finely chopped
Instructions: Blanch the beans in boiling water until tender-crisp (about 3 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, transfer to an ice bath to cool. Drain and set aside. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the drained green beans, Srircha, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar and stir-fry for 1 more minute, then add the green onions and stir-fry for 30 more seconds.I am excited for Chinese New Year this year because I feel like I can prepare a meal for my family with these Ling Ling products plus the 2 additional recipes from Chef Katie, and I feel confident that will look like I’ve spent hours cooking and that they’ll actually eat. As a busy mom, I don’t always have hours to spend in the kitchen, but preparing something quick and simple, with quality products is something I can be proud of. Ling LIng authentic asian foods are so simple to work with and I appreciate that.
To find a store near you where Ling Ling products are available, please go here. How will you be celebrating Chinese New Year? Will you be preparing any special dishes for your Chinese New Year menu? Share with me in the comments.
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College football bowl season is well underway! Game Day can be like a holiday in our home meaning that it’s a great chance for friends and family to get together and enjoy great food while we watch the game. Our times are always filled with lots of laughter and good, clean rivalry.Up until the early part of January, there are plenty of opportunities to everyone together to watch the games and “Feed Your Fandom” with Foster Farms, especially when it comes the bowl games. including the Foster Farms Bowl, which will feature the exciting match-up between the Arizona Wildcats of Pac-12 and the Purdue Boilermakers of the Big Ten, and air on Fox Sports on December 27th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Will you be tuning in?Foster Farms has a great line of products for all of your game day needs. Whether it’s a platter filled with wings, ground turkey for tacos, chili or juicy burgers, chicken breasts and legs marinated in your favorite sauce and grilled to perfection, Foster Farms .nuggets and corn dogs, Foster Farms also offers sliced turkey which goes great for game time hoagies and sandwiches.At participating supermarkets you will find a code to scan on specially-marked Foster Farms packages of fresh chicken, ground turkey and lunchmeat and also on signs in the frozen food aisle that will connect to up to $7.50 in coupon savings when buying participating Foster Farms products.Also on the packages and at this Foster Farms website you will find great game day recipes like Buffalo Blue Cheese Roll-Up Sandwiches, Easy Chicken Party Poppers, Chicken White Bean Chili and other game day recipe ideas as well as savings to Feed Your Fandom during the college football bowl season.You also have to remember to set out kid-friendly options on your Game Day table. It’s so easy to please kids with Foster Farms Corn Dogs, Mini Corn Dogs, Popcorn Chicken and Crispy Strips. I set up ketchup and ranch for the kids to put on their plates for dipping. I also attempt to be clever by leaving some fresh vegetables on the table as well.
Somehow kids don’t mind eating their veggies when there’s ranch. Have you noticed that? The more content the kids are during a game, the more watching time you’re going to get in. On Game Day, it’s definitely Foster Farms for the win!
Do you have a favorite recipe or dish you like to prepare for your table when you host everyone over to watch the game? Share with me in the comments.
I’m excited to be hosting a giveaway for one (1) lucky winner to receive $58 worth of Foster Farms Coupons (3 of the $9.99 Frozen Chicken Coupons and 4 of the $6.99 Corn Dog Coupons) To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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Giveaway open to U.S. Resident 18+ and is open until 11:50 p.m. on December 2017. Winner will be chosen from the Rafflecopter and entries will be verified and winner will be notified via email. No purchase is necessary. Giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.Feed Your Fandom by stocking up on Foster Farms during the college football bowl season and head to Foster Farms for great game day recipe ideas and savings. Don’t forget to watch the exciting year-end action when the Arizona Wildcats of the Pac-12 battles the Purdue Boilermakers of the Big Ten in the Foster Farms Bowl airing on Fox Sports on December 27th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.
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Have you had Mountain Mike’s Pizza yet? It’s one of the largest pizza chains in California and the U.S. and is famous for its zesty, curling and mountainous pepperoni, as well as its specialty pizzas such as The Everest and Pike’s Peak Mountain.
On Cyber Monday, November 27, Mountain Mike’s encourages Cyber Monday shoppers and pizza lovers from across California to join with friends and family and purchase a “Pizza 4 a Purpose.” to benefit the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. In the holiday spirit of giving, Mountain Mike’s will donate $4 for every large pizza sold on Cyber Monday at all 190 of its restaurants to benefit the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. This fundraising event includes all online, dine-in, take-out and delivery orders, and will take place from open to close at each restaurant location on November 27.
“We feel very strongly and wanted to give back to those who have supported us over the past 40 years. We are dedicating Cyber Monday to be a day of giving to those people and communities affected by the recent fires in Northern California. Our commitment to help rebuild neighborhoods throughout the impacted region is unwavering and we are proud to partner with the North Bay Fire Relief Fund. ” – Robert Quick, president of Mountain Mike’s Pizza.
The company’s dedication to supporting the North Bay Fire Relief Fund is also personal: one of its Santa Rosa stores, located at 3781 Cleveland Ave., was destroyed from fire damage last month. Northern California was devastated by October 2017’s raging wildfires, the single most destructive wildfires in the Golden State’s history. According to insurance officials, more than $1.2 billion in damages were suffered as many families and communities were deeply impacted by the disaster.
I love all things Mickey Mouse and since it’s our favorite mouse’s birthday, I decided to share an easy to make recipe to celebrate him!
I’m a strong believer that anything shaped like Mickey tastes better! Don’t you agree? I thought It would be fun to make an easy snack in the kitchen, that my daughter could help with. This is a very easy Mickey Mouse Cookie recipe using store bought cookie dough, because I’m about saving time. Enjoy!
store bought sugar cookie mix or pre-made dough. (If you have more time you can make it from scratch too)
“Mickey” cookie cutter
light corn syrup
Prepare the sugar cookies as directed on package. I wrap my cookie dough in plastic and stick it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, just to chill it.
Cover a counter top area with some flour. Roll out sugar cookie dough with a rolling pin until the dough is the desired thickness. (between 1/4″ and 1/2 ” thick)
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. I like to bake these on parchment paper so they are easier to transfer from the baking sheet to the cooling rack, with less chance of breaking.
Cut out Mickey heads and place each one on baking sheet, leaving plenty of distance between each one
Bake as directed on package.
After removing cookies from oven, transfer to cooling racks and allow them to completely cool down.
Baste a thin layer of light corn syrup on the tops of the sugar cookies and shake sprinkles on top, allowing them to dry and stick.
So, what’s your favorite simple snack recipe to make? Is it something Mickey-shaped, too? Don’t forget to wish Mickey a very Happy Birthday by posting on social media using #HappyBirthdayMickey!
Have you heard about Islands NFL Happy Hour? It kicked off at the start of the NFL Season last month offering an extended happy hour from 4 p.m. to close in the bar area every Monday and Thursday. Guests can also enjoy the happy hour menu, which is available right now, all day Sunday, too.During NFL Happy Hour, everything offered on the happy hour menu is under $10., including loaded Island Nachos ($7.99), Sliders ($4.99), Big Island Iced Tea ($5.95) and Coors Light ($2.99).
Each location also has multiple big screen TVs playing NFL RedZone and NFL Sunday Ticket, and each restaurant features bartender-call-it specials/trivia games for chances to win gift cards and swag.We stopped by our local Islands to join in all the fun NFL Happy Hour offers. It’s always a great time at Islands, especially when we get to enjoy some of our favorite appetizers such as the Spinach & Artichoke Dip and the Cheese Fries.Our family also just loves dining at Islands for their regular food too. Whether it’s a salad, a wrap, a burger, a BLT, or even something off their Gremmie Menu, there’s something for everyone in your party on their menu.
Oh and of course, there’s always room for dessert! Specifically, Kona Pie! Have you had one before? They’re HUGE and plenty to share with your family! I’m hosting a giveaway on my Facebook page right now for one (1) of my lucky readers to win a $25 Islands gift card, so they can go in and enjoy NFL Happy Hour (or anything on the menu.) To enter, go here and leave a comment telling me your favorite Islands menu item. The giveaway will be open until 11:59 p.m. on October 28, 2017. One winner will be chosen via Random Number Generator and winner will be contacted via email. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, ages 18 years and older. Islands Restaurants are located in CA, AZ, NV, and HI. The giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook. So, what’s your favorite thing to eat at Islands Restaurant? Leave a comment below and share with me.
BRIO Tuscan Grille locations at Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine and Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga are saying “cheers” to pasta in honor of National Pasta Month in October. Guests dining at BRIO can enjoy two-course pasta lunch and dinner combos, available Tuesday, Oct. 3–Sunday, Oct. 29. BRIO is pleased to celebrate tis time-honored guest favorite with a select pasta dish, paired with a choice of soup or salad. Prices for the lunch combos start at $14.95; prices for the dinner combos start at $17.95.Guests can choose one of the following pasta dishes:
Lobster and Shrimp Ravioli with spicy black pepper cream, spinach, and grape tomatoes ($15.95 at lunch and $22.95 at dinner)
Pasta Pesto with Chicken (light item) featuring angel hair, grilled chicken, caramelized onions, spinach, tomatoes, red peppers, Feta, and light pesto ($14.95 at lunch and $17.95 at dinner) (can be made gluten free upon request)
Pasta Fra Diavolo, with a choice of chicken or shrimp, featuring spicy tomato cream sauce, and campanelle pasta ($14.95 at lunch and $18.95 at dinner) (can be made gluten free upon request)
Guests also have the choice of one of the following to start off their meal:
Soup of the Day
Lobster Bisque (Add $1)
BRIO Chopped Salad
The perfect way to complete a two-course pasta combo is with BRIO’s delicious new dessert, which will be introduced Tuesday, Oct. 10: The Salted Caramel Cookie Sundae is served warm, with vanilla bean gelato, caramel sauce, and spicy candied pecans ($6.95)
Also starting Oct. 10, in the spirit of the fall season, BRIO will offer two seasonal cocktails:
Apple Crisp Cooler -Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, apple juice, Apple Pucker liqueur, apple butter, apple wedge, cinnamon sugar rim ($8.50)
Caramel Apple Cider Appletini Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, apple cider, lemon juice, simple syrup, apple slice, caramel and cinnamon sugar rim ($7.95)
We had the opportunity to dine in at the BRIO location in Irvine and try some of the dishes from this special menu and it was a delicious meal. In addition to our 2-course dinner combos for Pasta Month, we decided to try the were a couple of other items we ordered. I definitely couldn’t resist starting off with the Roasted Garlic, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, which is served with Parmesan flatbread. This appetizer is a fabulous one to share with your party. We also had to order dessert. Since we dined the week before the Salted Caramel Cookie Sundae was available, we opted for the Warm Chocolate Cake served with Vanilla Gelato. It was quite decadent.