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{Giveaway} Panini Kabob Grill Now Open at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo

I was invited to dine as a guest of Panini Kabob Grill in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Let’s talk about food! It’s one of my favorite things. Any time a new eatery opens near me, I get excited to try it out! One of our favorite centers to visit is Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo. Panini Kabob Grill recently opened at Kaleidoscope and we couldn’t be more excited about it! Panini Kabob Grill offers a fresh, healthy and high quality Mediterranean menu. By the way, their fresh hummus platter is amazing! Not only do they serve lunch and dinner but also breakfast! That’s my favorite meal of the day! You can basically “brunch” there 7 days a week!Their breakfast/brunch menu features such items as:

  • French Toast
  • Spinach Poach
  • Open-faced Smoked Salmon
  • Smoked Salmon Plate
  • Steak and Eggs
  • Create Your Scramble
  • Create Your Scramble
  • Breakfast Sandwiches and Wraps
  • Avocado Toast

Panini Kabob Grill only uses farm-raised organic eggs, hormone and antibiotic-free proteins. They don’t use anything processed or containing MSG and make all items from scratch. Enjoy Panini Kabob Grill’s “Mimosa Brunch Special”, any day of the week, for just $2.95 each. Guests can also enjoy a selection of sparkling wine, wine and beer with any meal.Espresso Bar selections feature LaVazza, 100% Arabica Responsibly Grown Coffee, which is Italy’s favorite coffee. Guests have the option of ordering their (hot or cold) espresso or coffee drinks with soy or almond milk at no additional charge.

In addition to breakfast and brunch, Panini Kabob Grill serves a variety of Salads; Paninis; Wraps; Shish Kabobs with steak, chicken, lamb, salmon or shrimp; and vegetarian entrees including a Falafel Platter, Charbroiled Organic Tofu Kabobs, and Stuffed Bell Peppers. Family Platters can also be ordered for sharing, and a Kids Menu is available to children 12 and under.

I’m also hosting a giveaway for one of my winners to win a $50 Panini Kabob Grill gift card so you can go in and try out their delicious menu for yourself! To enter the giveaway, fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone!

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Farmer Boys® Opens Its 9th Orange County Location in La Habra

I was invited to dine at Farmer Boys in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Farmer Boys® opened its 9th Orange County location in the city of La Habra.  To celebrate the new location, Farmer Boys will be hosting a Grand Opening Weekend celebration from Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19.

The first 100 people in line at 2pm on Friday, August 17 will be entered in a random drawing to win free Farmer Boys for one year (five winners will be selected).For the duration of the Grand Opening Weekend, guests at the new La Habra location can take advantage of several specials, including:

  • $2 Big Cheese® Cheeseburgers (Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19 from 2-5pm)
  • $4.99 French Toast Combo or Hot Cakes Combo (Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19 all day)
  • Chance to spin the prize wheel and win Farmer Boys coupons and swag items (Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19 from 2-5pm)

We loved our dining experience at Farmer Boys because you have a choice of breakfast anytime or lunch/dinner items. I had no problem ordering a French Toast combo with a chocolate shake! By the way, if you haven’t tried their shakes, they are super creamy and made with real ice cream!I’m also a fan of their gigantic onion rings, dipped in ranch dressing, that came with my daughter’s BLT! That crispy bacon was delish!

Farmer Boys La Habra is located at
602 South Harbor Boulevard.

For updates and special offers, be sure to download the Farmer Boys VIF app, that stands for Very Important Farmers. 

About Farmer Boys®
Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Riverside, California, Farmer Boys® is a fast casual restaurant chain serving award-winning burgers, specialty sandwiches, crisp salads, signature sides, and all-day breakfast. Farmer Boys knows farm fresh food will never go out of style. Farmer Boys currently operates 92 restaurants in California and Nevada.

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Mountain Mike’s Pizza in Lake Forest

I was invited to dine as a guest of Mountain Mike’s in order to write this review. All opinions are my own. 

With a name as mighty as “Mountain Mike’s Pizza“, you already know you’re in for a pizza extravaganza, just walking in the place! We recently visited our closest location and did not leave disappointed!

Obviously, we came for some pizza, but Mountain Mike’s offers more than just that on their menu. You’ll find some great appetizers and starters, sandwiches, a bountiful salad bar, and even fresh baked dessert! Mountain Mike’s also serves soft drinks, beer and wine to compliment your meal.Let’s talk about Mountain Mike’s pizza first. Guests always have the option of creating their own pizza, choosing sauce, cheese and fresh toppings. There’s also a complete selection of specialty pizzas including The McKinley, Mt. Veggiemore, The Everest and many more incredible choices. *Gluten free crust is also available in the 10″ pizza only.At Mountain Mike’s you can choose from these pizza 4 sizes:

  • 10″ small (feeds 1-2 people)
  • 12″ medium (feeds 2-3 people)
  • 14″ large (feeds 3-4 people)
  • 20″ mountain (feeds 4-5 people)

Here are the appetizer and sandwich choices featured on their menu:

  • Garlic Bread (plain or with cheese)
  • Garlic Sticks (plain or with cheese)
  • Hot Wings
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • Jalapeño Poppers
  • Half-Dome sandwich – An open-faced pizza sandwich on a fresh roll with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and your choice of up to three pizza toppings. Served with pickle and chips
  • Cliff Hanger sandwich – A fresh roll loaded with your choice of chicken, salami, ham, Louisiana-style Hot Sausage or Canadian Style Bacon, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato and your choice of cheese. Served with pickle and chips.

The salad bar at Mountain Mike’s features a selection of fresh produce to build your salad to your own liking. On our visit, we were lucky to try Mountain Mike’s freshly baked dessert. This giant cookie was baked to order and came directly to our table, fresh out of the oven! It was definitely a hit with us! I loved learning about the community involvement that Mountain Mike’s strive to do. They are passionate about being active in the community and proudly provide support to organizations and groups that better  neighborhoods through education, sports, the arts, charitable acts and spiritual leadership. For more information about fundraising in collaboration with Mountain Mike’s Pizza, please go here.

Mountain Mike’s offers convenient online ordering in addition to take out orders that can be placed over the phone.They also offer delivery in some areas. Mountain Mike’s Pizza has locations in California, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. To find the location nearest you, please go here.

 

Marie Callender’s Burger & Pie Combo Menu

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

When I think of Marie Callender’s I think of PIE, which is why I got excited to hear all about their new limited-time “Burger & Pie Combo Menu“! Guests can choose from the Burger Menu and receive fries and a slice of pie with their order! The Burger & Pie combo menu consists of the Cabo San Lucas Burger, the Breakfast Burger, South of the Border Burger and more! Check out the delicious options:

  • Cabo San Lucas – back by popular demand! – Fresh California avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion, jalapeño jack cheese and Marie Callender’s’ signature spicy Cabo San Lucas dressing
  • Breakfast Burger – Crispy tater tots, melted aged cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, mayonnaise and a fried egg
  • South of the Border – Tender carnitas drizzled with salsa verde, atop a 100% Angus beef patty, melted aged cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce, tomato, pickle and more salsa verde
  • Callender’s Cheeseburger – Crisp lettuce, tomato, pickles, house-made signature Sweet Gherkin Thousand Island dressing and aged American cheese
  • “The Works” Frisco – Grilled parmesan sourdough piled high with crisp lettuce, tomato, pickles, aged American cheese, applewood smoked bacon, crispy onion rings and house-made signature Sweet Gherkin Thousand Island dressing
  • Traditional Frisco – Grilled parmesan sourdough with crisp lettuce, tomato, pickles and house-made signature Sweet Gherkin Thousand Island dressing
  • Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Bacon – Candied jalapeños, poblano cheese sauce, applewood smoked bacon, melted aged cheddar, smashed tater tots, lettuce, tomato, pickles and sriracha mayonnaise

Other customer favorites on the menu to check out when you’re there include:

  • Spicy Beef & Chicken Savory Skillet
  • The Farmhouse Sunrise Skillet
  • Thai Shrimp Savory Skillet
  • Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Banana Cream Pie Pancakes

Marie Callender’s also features an all-day breakfast menu!  For more information and to locate the Marie Callender’s nearest you, please visit http://www.mariecallenders.com

Images are property of Marie Callenders and used with permission. .

Kick Off Summer With a Fresh Berry and Toasted Almond Salad at The Habit Burger Grill

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

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.habit-grill-berry-and-almond-chicken-salad

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.

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Connect with The Habit on Facebook and Instagram.

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Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Hosts Autism Awareness Fundraiser in April

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.lucilles-autism-month-1Lucille’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).lucilles-autism-month-bonus-card 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.lucilles-onionslucilles-burnt-endsAs 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.lucilles-autism-awareness-month-drink

“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

lucilles-teams-upConnect with Lucille’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.

About SARRC
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.

Some images are property of Lucille’s and used with permission.

 

{Giveaway} Score Big With Islands’ NFL Happy Hour + Enter to Win

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.islands-restaurants-nhl-happy-hour-facadeDuring 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).
islands-mai-taiEach 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.islands-spinach-and-artichoke-dipWe 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.islands-cheese-friesOur 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.islands-restaurant-the-wedge-blt

islands-kids-menuOh 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! islands-restaurants-nhl-happy-hour-kona-pieI’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. islands-restaurants-nhl-happy-hour-yaki-tacosSo, what’s your favorite thing to eat at Islands Restaurant? Leave a comment below and share with me.

Connect with Islands on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Celebrate National Pasta Month in October at BRIO Tuscan Grille

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. brio-tuscan-grille-irvineGuests 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.BRIO-menubrio-breadGuests 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)

brio-pastaGuests 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
  • Caesar Salad
  • Wedge Saladbrio-wedge-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. brio-spinach-dipWe 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. brio-dessert

For a list of locations or to make a reservation at BRIO, which can be made online, visit http://www.brioitalian.com.

Farmer Boys Now Open in Laguna Hills + Support Their Fundraiser for National Hunger Month

I was invited to a media tasting in exchange for my coverage. All opinions are my own.

 

Farmer Boys®, the popular fast casual concept which has built a reputation on their farm fresh cooked-to-order menu, comfortable restaurant atmosphere, and friendly staff opened a brand-new location in Laguna Hills. We were invited to dine in as part of a special media event and it was yummy. I even got to have BRINNER, which is breakfast for dinnerfarmer-boys-brinnerFarmer Boys serves award-winning burgers, made-from-scratch breakfast all day, hand-chopped salads and specialty sandwiches. With 90 locations in California and Nevada, Farmer Boys is committed to using locally sourced products whenever possible.farmer-boys-saladfarmer-boys-hand-cracked-eggsfarmer-boys-bltWhat I love about the Laguna Hills location is that it’s conveniently located right off the 5 Freeway which means I can stop by on my way to or from work to grab delicious food. Whether it’s breakfast (which is served all day), lunch, or dinner, all of the food is prepared fresh to order. farmer-boys-shakeAND there’s a drive thru! There aren’t many (or actually any) places you can drive thru that offer healthy menu items. like they do, to grab and go!farmer-boys-drive-thruFarmer Boys is also launching a fundraiser in conjunction with National Hunger Month to support Feeding America and local food banks. The fundraiser, which begins Monday, September 4 and runs through Monday, October 9 will encourage guests to make a donation of $2 or $5 at the restaurant, and in exchange they’ll receive that discount when they return on a future visit and present their receipt.farmer-boys-gives-backThe fundraiser will be hosted at Farmer Boys locations in Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, Clark, Kern, Imperial, Kings, San Joaquin, Tulare, and Stanislaus Counties and will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Feeding San Diego, Three Square, Find Food Bank, and Community Food Bank. To find the nearest Farmer Boys location click here.farmer-boys-full-table

The new Farmer Boys location in Laguna Hills is located at
23952 Avenida de la Carlota
Laguna Hills, Ca.

This location features a drive-thru and offers dine-in, take-out, and phone order service.
Hours are as follows:

  • 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday
  • 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
  • 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Don’t forget to connect with Farmer Boys on Facebook for the latest happenings!

 

 

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