Subscribe to our mailing list - Sends out every Saturday

* indicates required
Grab My Button

150x150-Exclusive-2016-Socia

EZ Tofu Press – Buy Now!
Pirasta World Coloring Posters
Pirasta Color Map

Food Reviews

Hard Rock Cafe’s New Breakfast Menu

 Hard Rock Cafe’s New Breakfast Menu

hardrock cafe

There is no mistaking the Hard Rock Cafe when you spot the building.  The iconic guitar standing tall is a sign you have arrived.  Not only is the Hard Rock Cafe an awesome place to meet friends for food and drinks, but they also have an awesome new breakfast menu with lots of delicious dishes to choose from.  French toast, burgers with fried eggs & bacon added in, eggs with sausage and more.

2016-09-10-10-13-39

Waffles With Fried Chickenhard rock cafe

If you are an early riser you can get to Universal City Walk ahead of the crowd and check this delicious menu.  While you are there walk around Hard Rock Cafe.  You can take the stairs or elevator upstairs too.  Explore memorabilia from all sorts of music genre through the generations.

ZZ Tops Convertible

Can be seen spinning around inside the Hard Rock Cafe in all of it’s glory.

2016-09-10-09-51-16 Guitars, leather jackets, old record albums, classic photos and more.hard rock cafe There is something to see in every corner.  Don’t forget to look on the floor and ceiling.  I spotted someone items from some of my favorite bands and even things from ‘first concert I ever went to’ (Pink Floyd), concert I drove to San Diego to watch (Metallica) and even recently added collectables.hard rock cafe

%image_alt%

Disclosure: I received one or more products for review purposes only. Despite the free item, my opinions remain 100% Honest and my own.This post may contain affiliate links, if clicked I may receive compensation. If a giveaway is being held: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received. Giveaways on this blog are in no way affiliated with Facebook or any other social media networks.

Teriyaki Madness: Fresh Asian Grill

Teriyaki Madness: Fresh Asian Grill

There is this fabulous restaurant we recently dined at.  This was our first time here.  Located in Santa Clarita and a great place for lunch or dinner with dine-in and to-go options. If you want to try a  Fresh Asian Grill then look no further.  Once you dine here you’ll be hooked.  There is definite madness to how insanely delicious the food is.

28227 Newhall Ranch Rd, Santa Clarita. 661-775-8623.

The cuisine is a delicious asian grill with lots of healthy choices.  We got to sample quiet a few and were impressed with the fresh food and lively staff.

  • Pick a protein.
  • Pick a base.
  • Choose bowl or plate and sides.

2016-08-06 12.35.34 My daughter tried one of the chicken teriyaki bowls with some steamed veggies.   Great low-carb meal made to order.  2016-08-06 12.50.59 The shrimp tempura was to die for!  It comes with a delicious sweet and sour sauce for dipping and was my favorite on the menu.2016-08-06 12.51.27 Chicken Potstickers are something I love eating in restaurants but can’t seem to perfect at home.  Having a choice of 6 for $2.99 means I can get them from Teriyaki Madness all day long!  2016-08-06 12.51.39 Chicken Egg Rolls.  Crisp and delicious with lots of chicken inside.  My daughter loved these and didn’t want to share.

2016-08-06 12.52.20 Me!  Enjoying the food.  Note the sign behind me!  They weren’t kidding.  I love the meal choices.  Being diabetic means I watch my carbs.  I love the low-carb options, like having stir-fry or fresh veggies and even four salads to choose from.  I even brought home some Yakisoba Noodles for my son (he love soba noodles).  This is definitely a new favorite place to dine when we are in Santa Clarita.  If you live elsewhere check out their store locator.  They have restaurants all over Los Angeles and in three other states.  Grab a chicken bowl.  Hire them for catering. Dine in with the family. 2016-08-06 13.09.11-1 You must try the crab rangoons too.  I’d never even heard of them before dining at Teriyaki Madness but after trying them once I’m craving more.
2016-08-06 13.48.52

%image_alt%

Disclosure: I received one or more products for review purposes only. Despite the free item, my opinions remain 100% Honest and my own.This post may contain affiliate links, if clicked I may receive compensation. If a giveaway is being held: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received. Giveaways on this blog are in no way affiliated with Facebook or any other social media networks.

Dining On Applebee’s New Wood-Fired Salads

Dining On Applebee’s New Wood-Fired Salads

 I love eating salads. I can honestly enjoy one for lunch and dinner, daily, and be totally content.  However, I don’t want just greens and salad dressing.  I like to fancy-up my salad by adding more and when I’m dining out I like to try new salads on the menu.  Right now Applebee’s has four new delicious salads on their menu.  The wood-fired salads are available starting at $8.99 and come in fantastic summer ingredients.

Right now you can try:

  • Grilled Watermelon and Spicy Shrimp Salad.
  • Grilled Chicken, Avocado & Grapefruit Salad.
  • Southwestern Steak Salad (my favorite).
  • Crispy Chicken ‘n Cornbread Salad.

All of these exciting salads plus five fresh salad choices, drinks, steaks, burgers and more are available.

Nice Dining Plus Tvs in the Bar showing Popular Sports

2016-08-05 14.25.53Southwestern Steak Salad

I love how flavorful this was and it was super filling too. All the veggies were super fresh and the salad was tender and juicy.

2016-08-05 14.49.24 My son ordered the Steak with steamed broccoli and a delicious mac & cheese with bacon on top.

 His first time trying mac & cheese like this and he loved it.

2016-08-05 14.43.54

 Don’t want to dine in?  You can order these awesome wood-fired salads, steaks, to-die-for desserts and more online and simply run do to Applebee’s to pick up your order.  They’ll even bring it to your car with their Carside Orders.

%image_alt%

Disclosure: I received one or more products for review purposes only. Despite the free item, my opinions remain 100% Honest and my own.This post may contain affiliate links, if clicked I may receive compensation. If a giveaway is being held: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received. Giveaways on this blog are in no way affiliated with Facebook or any other social media networks.

StoneFire Grill Lunch Menu

StoneFire Grill Lunch Menu

 I love meeting friends for lunch so we can enjoy our meal while hanging out and catch up while eating.  Time is always of an essence and cost is too.  I recently went to a media dining at StoneFire Grill and got to try out an assortment of dishes from their new menu made just for lunch.  Dishes like salad, sandwiches, soup, pizza and more.  Nothing to heavy to tire me out when it is only mid-day.  I love the low-carb variety too.

West Hills Location

stonefire grill

Right now StoneFire Grill has 9 locations in SoCal and is growing.  A great place for a quick lunch, nice relaxing diner or even hang out with friends.  Every time I’ve been to Stone Fire Grill the service was top notch and food superb.  My orders have always been 100% accurate and extras, like servers stopping by our table to see if we need anything else, are fabulous.

I prefer a salad at lunch and love that I have a nice selection.  Since I try to eat a salad every day for lunch and dinner to keep my blood sugar low it is hard to make it where the salads aren’t mundane.  Stone Fire Grill has seven specials from the new $7 lunch menu.  They can be found at locations in the Los Angeles/Ventura County area.

Golden State Kale Salad

stonefire grill
To Die For Breadsticks. Some of the salads come with one on the side.stonefire grill Grilled Salad with choice of Tri Tip (chicken was an option too).stonefire grill Pesto Pasta
stonefire grill Pepperoni Pizza Pipping Hot

The kids always pick the pizza (is anyone surprised?) but I get them to eat some salad too.  Salads are a nice way to get some greens in their diet and I love the fresh and green salads.
stonefire grillLet’s not forget the desserts!  The blueberry cheesecake and carrot cake are big enough for 2-4 people to share. They also had brownies (my son’s favorite dessert).

Blueberry Cheesecake and Carrot Cake

Both are recipes from the founders and owners of StoneFire Grill.stonefire grill

 Online ordering is available too if you are in a rush! Don’t forget to ask for the 7 For $7 lunch menu!

Facebook

Disclosure: I received one or more products for review purposes only. Despite the free item, my opinions remain 100% Honest and my own.This post may contain affiliate links, if clicked I may receive compensation. If a giveaway is being held: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received. Giveaways on this blog are in no way affiliated with Facebook or any other social media networks.

Exploring Solvang & Santa Barbara With Kia Sorento

Kia Sorento Road Trip With Teens

It’s been on my mind to want to take the kids to more places and do more exploring in our glorious state of California.  There are many places the kids have never been and I’m making a min-bucket-ish-list of places to take them before they graduate high schcool and are on their own.  Both are teens now and I know this time from now until 18 will zoom by.  Once they are adults and in college and working I know there will be less time for this, and they might want to do more things with their friends instead as family trips.

On my list are Northern California, like Humbolt, Hurst Castle, Cambria, & Sacramento, Catalina, Pismo Beach, and more.  The problem is my car has almost 200,000 miles and I try to keep it more local in case I have any problems.  But sometimes the stars align perfectly.  This week with a 2016 Kia Sorento SX I had for the week to review.

2016-01-18 12.51.44

The car was extremely comfortable and seated 7, or in our case three plus luggage.  Both kids (one over 5’10 and one over 6″) fit in the back seat and still had leg room.  The stereo system was equipped with GPS, Sirus Radio and I was able to connect my cell phone to it to answer incoming calls.

2016-01-18 12.52.18 It even had settings  on the steering wheel for the phone.2016-01-19 12.18.37 HDR

So, with this awesome car we were off and did a road trip to explore California.

I took the kids up north about 1 1/2 hours to Solvang.  It is a small Danish village with lovely shops and the friendliest people.  Cars stop to let you cross the street.  A lot of visitors go shop-to-shop on foot.  If I needed directions everyone was friendly and helpful.

A shop of bowls and hanging lights

2016-01-20 15.26.22

We stayed at the Atterdag Inn, a newly furnished hotel just off the main street.  Close to all the shops but away from the noise of cars on the main road.  We had a room that had a king-sized bed (for me) and a bunk bed the kids shared.  There was also large windows letting in the sunlight, a mini-fridge, table and chairs and a nice sized bathroom.  It also had a beautiful private courtyard.

Beautiful Red and White decor; Twin bed and table with four chairs.

2016-01-20 14.11.48 King size bed with special gift bag for me from the City of Solvang.

(Yes, they made me feel extra special).
2016-01-20 14.15.33

Besides Danish shops Solvang also has antique and tourist shops, a weekly farmer’s market on Wednesdays, five museums, some statues, five windmills and a mission.  They also have American cuisine, where burgers and fries are on the menu.

Sunset on one of the Solvang buildings as we were getting ready to head to our hotel room for the night.

2016-01-20 17.13.45

While there we tried to see it all, including the farmer’s market, the Hans-Christian Anderson Museum and the Santa Inez Mission.

Fresh produce, honey, candles, kettle corn and more at the Farmer’s Market every Wednesday.

2016-01-20 16.00.09 Giant Red Clog that has its own hashtag.2016-01-20 15.29.32 One of many beautiful windmills.2016-01-20 15.20.27

We also dined for lunch at the Green House Cafe, a modern Nordic bistro. Nordic foods are considered a blend of: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.    Traditional foods are are: seafood, pork, cheese and bread.  The Green House Cafe is open daily for breakfast and lunch. We tried a variety of their most famous dishes, including the Nordic Combo, Open Face Combo and Kaela had a Nordic burger, which had a soft toasted bun and caramelized onions inside. I tried the first two dishes, and loved the variety of meats and cheeses.  This is a great place to dine if you want a nice sit-down place to try traditional foods and still have items on the menu for picky eaters.  They also had soups and salads.

Traditional Nordic Cold Plate of Open Faced Sandwiches

2016-01-20 14.46.52 Traditional Nordic Hot Plate With Meat, Pan-Fried Potatoes, Red Cabbage and Gravy.2016-01-20 14.47.32 Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions and Fries.2016-01-20 14.44.16

We stayed over night at the Atterdog Inn and explored Solvang more the next day before heading home. The hotel even offered free bike rental for guests.

2016-01-21 12.42.38 On our way out of town we stopped by the Santa Inez Mission.  I thought it was a great way to add some hands-on education to our trip. We’d visited a few of the California missions a few years ago as a part of 3rd grade social science so the kids were familiar with them and their history.   It cost $5 per person for a self-guided tour of the museum and outside grounds, which included a large garden and a cemetery.   We also saw the large fields where orchards or olive trees used to grow.  The mission would harvest olives and sell the olive oil, which they still sell in the gift shop.

Stone floors, tall ceilings, a cemetery, garden and even olive orchard at the Santa Inez Mission.2016-01-21 13.18.32

 It was really windy standing over the top of the Mission’s Olive Orchard.2016-01-21 13.27.27 HDR

I was on a quest to get a ’13-16″ cheese danish by the big windmill’ for a friend, with no other directions and found it on the third windmill with help from the local shopkeepers.  We also bought some baked goods to take home.

2016-01-21 11.31.58

We made it home the next day, driving past the beach on the way through Santa Barbara and Ventura.   When on the 154 highway I was reminded of an abandon castle in Santa Barbara.  I took the kids up there a few years ago and we couldn’t find it.  So on Saturday we drove back up there and explored the castle. With detailed directions and pictures found online we easily found it spent a few hours there.  The castle is actually an abandon mansion that caught on fire a few decades ago and never repaired.

2016-01-23 14.41.10-1 We had to park on the side of the canyon road, in the dirt and the car handled everything smoothly.
2016-01-23 14.23.00 HDR Gorgeous roads with trees sometimes meeting in the middle to create a canopy of shade.
2016-01-23 15.38.52 HDR

The Kia Sorento took the bends of the road nicely as we drove a few miles into the canyon to get there and back.  We were have an amazing adventurous week and created some lifelong memories.

2016-01-21 17.29.12

Disclosure: I received one or more products for review purposes only. Despite the free item, my opinions remain 100% Honest and my own.This post may contain affiliate links, if clicked I may receive compensation. If a giveaway is being held: No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received. Giveaways on this blog are in no way affiliated with Facebook or any other social media networks.