Thursday, October 30, 2014

WIN! Creamistry Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream! | @CreamistryInc #BelmontShores #Giveaway

Have you heard of the latest ice-cream craze?  Imagine fresh made, icicle free, creamy ice-cream that can be made to order in just 2 minutes, in front of you!  At Creamistry, you get just that.

What makes Creamistry different than other ice-cream shops?  Liquid Nitrogen.
This week were invited to try this anomaly for ourselves at Creamistry's newest location in Belmont Shores.

When the specially trained "Creamologists" inject liquid nitrogen into the mixing bowl, combining it with the ice cream mix, the liquid nitrogen quickly evaporates into a big cloud of smoke. Within seconds, the liquid nitrogen has vanished and you're left with the freshest, creamiest, most indulgent ice cream.

Why? The secret to the creamiest ice cream lies behind the intricate process of rapid freezing the mixture. And with science, we are able to master this! Because liquid nitrogen is so cold, the milk particles stay very small without forming into ice crystals, creating an ultra smooth creamy texture.


My kids thought it was a little odd that their ice-cream was "smoking" but they enjoyed playing in the cool fog that escaped the bowl.  They were mesmerized!

With over 40 flavors and 50 toppings, the flavors are almost endless!  Choose bases, mix-ins and toppings and they make it ALL within a couple minutes.  

Unfortunately, because everything is made as you order it, it isn't possible to get samples.  But the upside is that you can experiment and invent new ice-cream flavors that have never been tasted.

One of my favorite things I learned about Creamistry is that you can order it to go and not have to worry about a melted mess when you get it home.  Using Nitrogen, they flash freeze the ice-cream to keep the perfect temperature for a good amount of time.



Creamistry of Belmont Shore
4725 East 2nd St.
Long Beach, CA 90803

Creamistry of Cerritos
11442 South Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

Creamistry of Irvine
3972 Barranca Parkway #D
Irvine CA 92606


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DISCLAIMER:  I received samples in exchange for sharing my experience.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ARCHERY OUTPOST: Great Indoor Archery Range | @ArcheryOutpost #LosAlamitos

With the Hunger Games movies so popular, Archery has gained momentum in popularity with the next generation.  

I have loved the archery sport since I was a child and finally took re-curved bow lessons in college but as life often does, I hadn't shot an arrow in 15 years.  My husband hunts and started looking into hunting using a compound bow.  Soon our children wanted to learn.  

As I watched my family having a great time at our local outdoor archery range at El Dorado Park, I started to get the itch.  For Christmas I received my first compound bow and it took awhile to get it adjusted properly to my arm length and strength. 

Since archers are on their own at El Dorado Park unless you take a class, I looked elsewhere.  

I discovered the Archery Outpost only 10 minutes from my house and less than 5 minutes from El Dorado Park in Los Alamitos.

The Archery Outpost is an indoor range as opposed to the outdoor El Dorado Park range.  This was great as I was able to practice in all weather.  

I found the Archery Outpost to be a very clean and helpful place.  My first time there, they adjusted my bow and gave me tips on how to improve my aim and consistency.  They had a large selection in supplies, bows, arrows and targets to buy and bows to rent.  


Besides enjoying the great sport, I love the camaraderie of the family of archers that frequent the Archery Outpost.  

When I need to get out a little frustration or need a break from the every day grind, I find that putting holes in a piece of paper at 20 yards is very rewarding and satisfying. 


  • Q: I am a beginner. What do I need to do to shoot on your range? 
    • A: All beginners or brand new archers must take our Beginner Safety Class. This is a mandatory class to ensure the safety of all shooters on the range. 
  • Q: Can I shoot a crossbow on your range? 
    • A: No. In California crossbows are considered a firearm and must be shot on a firearms range. We only allow compound, recurve and longbows on our range. 
  • Q: What ages are allowed on your range? 
    • A: Shooters must be at least 8 years old in order to shoot. Luckily, archery is the type of sport that you can shoot your whole life! Our eldest member is turning 90!
  • Q: Are you an indoor or outdoor range? 
    • A: Our range is only indoor. The maximum distance is 20 Yards. 
  • Q: Do you rent equipment that can be taken outside your store? 
    • A: No. All of our equipment rentals must be used in our range. 
  • Q: Do you sell archery equipment? 
    • A: Yes! We have a full retail shop that sells all types of bows, arrows, targets and accessories.
  • Q: Do you sell/buy used equipment? 
    • A: No. It is very risky to sell/buy used equipment because the history of the equipment isn't always fully known. It creates a liability for the shop and we cannot take the risk.
  • Q: If I bought my bow elsewhere, will you tune it and teach me how to set it up? 
    • A: Yes, but there will be a Basic Setup Fee of $20 for recurves and $40 for compounds. 
  • Q: How much does it cost to use your range? 
    • A: It is $12 to rent a lane for the whole day if you have your own equipment. It is $25 to rent equipment and a lane for the whole day. 
  • Q: Do you have a kids program? 
    • A: Yes! We have our Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) class for beginner, intermediate and advanced youth archers. Please see the Rebels JOAD tab for details.
 LOS ALAMITOS, CA, 90720, 
(562) 598-3444

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mimi's Cafe's New Frites Menu | @Mimis_cafe #MimisCafeFritesGrill #French

This is a post written by Mary Tran for Mimi's Cafe. All opinions are our own.

On Thursday, October 16th, we attended a menu sampling of Mimi's Cafe's new Frites Grill Menu. Featuring five new classic meat and potato combinations, the menu includes Steak Frites, Roasted Chicken & Frites, Grilled Chicken & Frites, Grilled Atlantic Salmon & Frites, and Meyer Lemon Mussels & Frites

It took Mimi’s culinary team more than two months in France to perfect the frites recipe. They sampled authentic French frites and talked to local chefs in brasseries, bistros, and Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, Brittany, and Normandy. The frites are hand-cut, fried-to-order, never frozen, and made with real Russet potatoes.

We were in for a real treat that night. Joining us was Executive Chef Katie Sutton, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute.

“Authentic frites can be found in some independent restaurants in America, but most casual dining concepts still serve bagged, frozen French fries. Unique to Mimi’s, our new frites are made with Russet potatoes grown on a collective of four family farms in Southeastern Idaho that has been growing potatoes since the 1900s.” - Chef Katie Sutton

With the new recipe, the potatoes are thick hand-cut (larger than a half inch), double cooked (first blanched and cooled, then fried to order) which produces frites that are crispy and golden on the outside, and light and fluffy on the inside. Finally, the frites are seasoned with sea salt and fresh herbs.  

 Sutton also created a selection of herb-infused butters to complement the new entrées:
  • Steak & Frites: 28-day aged New York strip steak comes with house-made thyme-garlic butter, 
  • Grilled Atlantic Salmon & Frites: Grilled Atlantic Salmon comes with lemon-garlic butter and garlic spinach, 
  • Roasted Chicken & Frites: Roasted Half Chicken comes with rosemary herbes de Provence butter, and 
  • Meyer Lemon Mussels & Frites: Meyer Lemon Mussels comes in a white wine-lemon broth with fresh herbs and garlic crostini. 
They were all delicious, and it is really hard to pick a favorite. If you like fries, you will love French frites! Katie's herb-infused sauces are so good. Wine is also available on the menu for $5 a glass all day, every day! 

Let's not forget about what we had for dessert: Crème Brûlée Cheesecake with Strawberry Purée.

We savored every bite! Mimi's Cafe is now serving the new Frites Menu! For more information or to find a location nearest you, please visit their website at

Disclosure: We were invited to a private tasting. All opinions are our own. All images are by Mary K Tran. A review by Mary Tran. Mary is a busy mom of two boys who blogs at where she shares her adventures of her family around Orange County, California. She loves traveling, theater, and photography.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WIN TICKETS: Knott's Scary Farm! Check Out What's New at Knott's | @Knotts #ScaryFarm #MerryFarm


Knott's Scary Farm has been incredible this year and I want to give you the chance to win tickets to go yourself and experience the horror for yourselves!  Knott's Scary Farm is only open for another week!

Which maze or experience are you looking forward to the most?  The Tooth Fairy?  Infected?  Elvira?  Ghost Town where you never know what horrors will jump out at you through pea-soup thick fog is a favorite. 

Be sure to save some time to ride the roller coasters while you are there because it is my experience that the  lines are so much shorter!  I do recommend leaving your sunglasses at home as my husband broke his on Ghost Rider.
Mistress of the Dark at Knotts
While Knott's Scary Farm is primarily an adult event, there is Camp Spooky for the whole family during the daylight hours.   I know my kids were disappointed that I wouldn't allow them to join us at Scary Farm and a promise of Camp Spooky eased the pain.

While Halloween and the end of Scary Farm is almost here, there is Knott's Merry Farm on the horizon.  Enjoy the festive atmosphere at Knott's and kick off your holiday season right!

What is different about Knott's Merry Farm?
  • Live Ice Show Merry Christmas Snoopy
  • Snoopy's Merriest Tree Lighting
  • New Camp Snoopy Holiday Show
  • Engine 41's live train experience with vintage characters and singing
  • Christmas caroling
  • Santa's Christmas Cabin where you can enjoy treats and take photos with Santa
  • Festive Food and more!
 Snoopy, Santa, Train

Have you thought of Holiday gifts yet?  Did you know that there are NO blackout dates to Knott's and for as low as $8.50/9 months, you can give a present that lasts all year long?  

Do your kids love Soak City?  Adding on the whole summer season at Soak City is only $10.50/9 months!  I pay more for coffee in a week!  It is also the perfect gift from grandparents and in fact, that is what our parents are getting our kids.

Buy tickets online for convenience here.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Earth To Echo DVD/Blu-Ray Giveaway! | @FHEInsiders #EchoInsiders #Spon

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Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo is a movie that slipped under my radar this year at the theaters and now that it is out on DVD/Blu-Ray, I plan to check it out ASAP!  My kids love space and this movie seems right up their alley!

Earth to Echo is a tale told through the eyes of Tuck, Munch and Alex, a trio of pals who make an out-of-this-world discovery. The best friends venture out of their neighborhood to find the true meaning of friendship. After receiving signals on their phones, they meet Echo, a small, but amazingly energetic, alien trying to make his way back to his home planet. As they race to help their new friend, the boys will discover that little Echo has touched their hearts in unexpected ways and changed their lives forever. 

5 Ideas For Outdoor Fun With Friends 
  1. Pick Up Games 
    1. There is nothing like starting a sports pickup game with all your neighborhood friends. Between sitting in class all day and coming home to do homework, a quick game, whether it is hockey, baseball, basketball or soccer, will let you use up some of that energy you’ve been storing! Not only this, but this is an awesome way to make new friends. 
  2. Bike Rides 
    1. With your parents permission of course, take a cruise around the neighborhood with your friends! Also, make sure you wear a helmet. You can use your imagination and make fun adventures out of your journey! 
  3. Hide N’ Seek 
    1. A neighborhood game of Hide N’ Seek is the ultimate outside activity. With permission from your parents, and of course, using the buddy system when it comes to hiding, Hide N’ Seek is sure to be an awesome time. 
  4. Backyard Campout 
    1. Ask your mom and dad to set up a backyard camp out for you and your friends! Start by setting up a tent and marking your territory with your sleeping bag! You can spend the night telling scary stories and eating S’mores! 
  5. Chalk 
    1. The most underrated outside activity has to be chalk! It is so much fun to create fun pictures and even games with all your friends. You can play hopscotch or tic-tac-toe or use your imagination to draw wonderful pictures! 


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DISCLAIMER:  I received a copy of the movie in exchange for helping promote.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  All photos are used with permission.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Huggies Snug and Dry SureFit* Diapers and Natural Care Wipes | @Huggies #MC #Sponsored

 I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies and Target. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

As a caretaker for twin infants, we go through a ton of diapers and wipes. The last thing we need are the occasional blowouts. Now that they are crawling and pulling themselves up to stand, we need Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers which has a SureFit* design for up to 12 hours of leakage protection.

Huggies Snug & Dry SureFit* has a unique design that will keep the diaper closer to the baby's body through all their twists and turns. Some of the features we found are: 
  • They have an elastic waistband to adjust to all babies' shapes and sizes. For example, one of the twin is thinner than the other, but they use the same size diapers so the waistband protects them both.
  • They have leak guards that run along each side of the diaper to keep the wetness in. See picture below. We like that they made them thick. 

We found Huggies Snug & Dry diapers at Target. They were super easy to find in the baby care section in every size.

We also picked up some Huggies Natural Care wipes. Our twins have the most sensitive skin so I like that these are hypoallergenic and fragrance free. I also like that their wipes are thick and safe to use around babies so I use them to wipe down toys and high chairs after their meals. It makes me feel better that I'm not using harsh chemicals especially things that might end up in their mouths. We found them in various designer tubs, refill packs, convenient soft packs, on-the-go-containers, and pop-up tubs.

TARGET'S NEW SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM: Did you know with Target's new subscription program, you can now have diapers and wipes delivered to your front door automatically? This includes diapers, wipes, formula, and everyday essentials. They have 1,000 plus items to choose from, and you control how often you want them. How convenient! I remember when my own kids were infants, I was not only sleep-deprived, I dreaded lugging the family out to the store with me. A quick errand would turn into a stressful 3-hour day trip, and I had to time it around their feeding and nap schedules. An automatic delivery of baby and household items would have made those first years so much easier! When you sign up, you'll get 5% OFF your order and free shipping. To learn more about Target's Subscription Program, please click here >>

NEED A COUPON? DOWNLOAD THESE TARGET COUPONS! Click on link to get $0.50 OFF Huggie's Baby Wipes OR get $1.00 OFF Huggie's Snug and Dry Diapers. Coupon expires 11/8/14. >>

For more information, please visit Huggies website.

A review by Mary Tran. Mary is a busy mom of two boys who blogs at where she shares her adventures of her family around Orange County, California. She loves traveling, theater, and photography.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ticket Giveaway: STEAM Carnival! Fun, Unique and Educational | @STEAMCarnival #SanPedro #Crafted

Imagine a carnival that is educational, high energy and tech-infused and still designed to thrill, amuse, and re-imagine the way we learn.

The STEAM Carnival in San Pedro does just that!  The Los Angeles STEAM Carnival debuts October 25-26, 2014 from 11am-7pm at CRAFTED at the Port of LA.

What To Expect:
  • PLAY custom built games for family fun
  • BUILD robots that play music
  • EXPLORE technology infused fashion pieces
  • RACE friends through a giant laser maze
  • CHEER on circus acrobats and fire breathers
  • LEARN about science, technology, engineering, art, and math
  • ENJOY fun foods and tasting games

STEAM Carnival infuses over 90,000 square feet of fun, featuring:
  • Giant high-tech games including rooms of lasers, walls of buttons, and backyard classics made HUGE
  • Mad science demos
  • Wearable electronics fashion shows
  • Musical robots
  • Circus acrobats, aerialists, and fire breathers
  • Tasting games and artisanal carnival food

STEAM Carnival is the creation of Los Angeles-based engineering entertainment company Two Bit Circus. This interdisciplinary team of artists, inventors, engineers, educators, and entrepreneurs is passionate about re-imagining all forms of entertainment to inspire kids of all ages. Members of the team have been on-camera inventors for network television, built viral videos for rock bands, and created massive spectacles for large brands. Clients include Amazon, Intel, the Girl Scouts of America, and Dave & Buster’s.

Two Bit Circus presents STEAM Carnival, a unique, high-energy event featuring tech-infused game attractions and carnival-inspired entertainment to thrill, amuse, and reimagine the way we learn through STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

$25 Adults 
$20 Students 7-18 years old 
Kids 6 and younger get in free 



This code takes $5 off each ticket and can be used multiple times and shared via social media, on the blog or with just friends as you choose. 
Purchase tickets at 

October 25-26, 11am-7pm 
at CRAFTED at The Port of Los Angeles
Warehouse No. 10
112 E. 22nd Street 
San Pedro, CA 90731


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Day Out With Thomas: Win Tickets for this Fun Family Event | @OrangeEmpireRail #DOWT #GIVEAWAY

A Day Out With Thomas™ the Tank Engine & Friends 

It is that time of year again when our favorite train, Thomas, makes his way to the Orange Empire Museum in Perris and I have tickets to give away to a lucky winner!

Beloved children's choo-choo train Thomas and his railway friend Percy are chugging into the Orange Empire Railway Museum to greet fans of all ages. Departure dates are Nov. 8, 9, 11, 15 and 16.

Day Out With Thomas™: 9*6+85/6 offers aspiring engineers and their families the opportunity to take a 25-minute ride with the famous #1 engine. This year, for the first time, Percy, the locomotive, will be at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. Children can also meet Sir Topham Hatt®, the Superintendent of the Railroad. 

This year, for the very first time, Thomas the Tank Engine will TALK to his fans! You won't believe your eyes and ears!

Spend the day enjoying a wide range of activities perfect for children. Stop by the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station with train tables and building activities. There will be Thomas-themed stamps, temporary tattoos, arts and crafts, storytelling and videos. There will also be games, coloring, live children's music, a petting zoo, bounce houses, sing-alongs and a Thomas gift store.

There will be street car and trolley rides and an entire museum to explore. A visit to the Orange Empire Railway Museum is a trip back in time to when trains, conductors, whistles, bells and steam were a part of the way we traveled.

A Day Out With Thomas will keep adults who love trains, and children who love Thomas, happily chugging along the tracks. Families should arrive no later than one hour prior to scheduled departure. Tickets start at $19 for ages two and older.

For ticket purchases and information, call the Orange Empire Railway Museum office at 951-943-3020 or visit


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The Orange Empire Railway Museum is an volunteer-run organization that has been preserving Southern California's railway history since 1956. The museum's mission is to educate the public on the technology, history, and impact of the rail transportation industry in the West. Over 200 rail cars and locomotives, ranging from Los Angeles street cars to modern diesel locomotives, are preserved at the museum's 90-acre site in Perris, California, which is open 363 days of the year.

DISCLAIMER:  My family will receive media tickets for the purpose of sharing our experience.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Win Mr. Peabody and Sherman DVD/Blu-Ray! Free Printables | @FHEInsiders #MrPeabody

Did you ever wish that you could go back in time to experience the Trojan Horse or Ancient Egypt in person?  Mr. Peabody and Sherman helps you do just that with the WABAC Machine.

Mr. Peabody raises Sherman as his own son in the slightly unconventional Dog/(human son) family.  Despite their differences, they come together in love and acceptance as families do.  

Mr. Peabody, a genius, creates the WABAC Machine which gives Sherman the childhood education that dreams are made of.  Living his history lessons instead of reading about them!

Mr. Peabody and Sherman is based upon the beloved characters that first appeared in in the late 1950s and early 1960s animated television series “Rocky and His Friends” and “The Bullwinkle Show,” produced by Jay Ward.


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DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Feature film in high definition.
  • Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features:
  • Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends Show – See the premiere episode of the original 1959 television show. 
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman Segments – Watch five segments from the original television series including “Robin Hood,” “Leonardo Da Vinci,” “Louis XVI,” “William Shakespeare,” and “Ludwig Van Beethoven.” 
  • DreamWorks Presents: Mr. Peabody & Sherman, A Journey WABAC
  • History’s Greatest Mysteries – A Dog and his Boy 
  • Peabody’s Paw Print on History - Mr. Peabody gets his pawprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Cast members Ty Burrell (voice of “Mr. Peabody”) and Max Charles (voice of “Sherman”), join filmmakers Rob Minkoff (director), Alex Schwartz (producer) and Tiffany Ward (executive producer) for the festivities. Also on hand (or paw?) are some of Mr. Peabody’s very famous furry friends, including Lassie, Beethoven, Rin Tin Tin, and a very adorable dog named George Clooney.
  • Time Travel Memory Match game
  • The WABAC Jigsaw Puzzle game 
Additional Special Features:
  • Tour of the WABAC Machine - Mr. Peabody, himself, takes us on an in-depth tour of the WABAC machine. He explains what many of the WABAC’s knobs, buttons, and gizmos do. Exactly what is a Pneumatic Dressilator? A hemidemisemiquavatron? And, those windshield wiper controls…how exactly do they help while speeding through the space-time continuum? Mr. Peabody explains it all! 
  • Time Travel: Mad Science - Real physicists Kenneth Wharton and Anthony Aguirre talk about how time travel would work. They explore the two time travel theories of the Block Universe and the Multi-Verse. We also learn why scientists think only forward time travel is possible, and how Einstein’s Theory of Relativity still determines how scientists imagine the possibilities of time travel. 
  • Photo Gallery 
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • World of DreamWorks Animation – Music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films
  • Holiday Favorites – Sneak Peeks
DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman Blu-ray™ 3D Deluxe Edition
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Blu-ray™ 3D + Blu-ray™ + DVD + Digital Copy Deluxe Edition includes the following:

  • Feature film in high definition and 3D.
  • Blu-ray 3D Exclusive Special Feature
  • All New Rocky & Bullwinkle Adventure
DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman DVD
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman single disc DVD includes:
Feature film in standard definition.
Special Features:

  • Tour of the WABAC Machine (see above for description)
  • Time Travel: Mad Science (see above for description)
  • Photo Gallery 
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • World of DreamWorks Animation – Music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films
  • Holiday Favorites – Sneak Peeks


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DISCLAIMER:   I received a copy of Mr. Peabody and Sherman and promotional products in return for helping promote the release.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  All photos are used with permission.  All printables may be used for personal use only.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Del Taco Fresca Bowls: Win a $20 Gift Card to Try Them! | @DelTaco #FrescaBowls

Del Taco's Fresca Bowls, a new twist on our old favorites!  I love that I can find a healthier choice for fast food and Del Taco has succeeded again.

Have you heard about the new Del Taco's Fresca Bowls?  

Priced at just $4 each, Del Taco’s Fresca Bowls are served on a bed of fresca lime rice and seasoned black beans, and are offered in the following three varieties:

  • Southwest Grilled Chicken & Veggie Bowl combines fresh-grilled chicken and a blend of fire-roasted, red and green bell peppers, caramelized onions and flavorful Poblano peppers
  • Pollo Asado Grilled Chicken Bowl is made with marinated, fresh-grilled chicken, hand-chopped pico de gallo salsa, onions and cilantro
  • Fire Roasted Veggie Bowl features Del Taco’s tangy green chile sauce, freshly-chopped pico de gallo salsa, and a blend of roasted vegetables

Del Taco’s Pollo Asado Grilled Chicken Bowl and Southwest Grilled Chicken & Veggie Bowl each loaded with 4.5 ounces of fresh-grilled chicken per serving, significantly exceeding the amount of protein included in bowls offered by Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) and fast-casual competitors. 


  • The Fire Roasted Veggie Bowl is ideal for guests looking for a delicious, meatless option.

“Del Taco is thrilled to introduce our new line of Fresca Bowls, loaded with a generous portion of fresh-grilled chicken that far outpaces competitors, to deliver what we believe is the freshest bowl experience for the money,” said John Cappasola, chief brand officer, Del Taco LLC. “We are committed to providing our guests with options that focus on freshness, as well as providing a convenient and elevated dining experience, all while continuing to deliver the value that Del Taco is famous for.”

The Pollo Asado Grilled Chicken Bowl (500 calories) and Southwest Grilled Chicken & Veggie Bowl (530 calories) are each loaded with 4.5 ounces of fresh-grilled chicken per serving, significantly exceeding the amount of protein included in bowls offered by Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs) and fast-casual competitors. The Fire Roasted Veggie Bowl (450 calories) is an ideal meatless option.


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Girl Scouts of Orange County: Fall Products Preview and Giveaway! | @GirlScoutsOC #Giveaway

You might see your local Girl Scout Troops at the grocery stores earlier this year!  No, not for cookies.  Girl Scouts are branching out into a new venture for their Fall Program.  

You can expect to see a wide variety of:
  • Nuts
  • Chocolates
  • Photo keepsakes 
  • Magazines
The sales are not just to raise money for the troop activities but to teach our girls the importance of life skills such as:
  • Goal setting
  • Money management
  • Decision making
  • People skills
  • Business ethics
  • Learning how to give back as they donate snacks and nuts to food banks and magazines to the military through the "Care to Share" program.

Girl Scouts in Orange County will begin selling nuts, chocolates, photo keepsakes and magazines door-to-door and online beginning on October 5 and at booth locations throughout Orange County from November 7-16. Customers can choose from twelve varieties of nuts and chocolates, including the new English Butter Toffee and Salsa Mix, or they may order online from a selection of twenty five varieties, including the exclusive Girl Scout tin and new corporate gift tins – perfect for holiday gifts! Customers can order or renew their favorite magazines from over 600 magazine titles (print and digital) at up to 90% off newsstand price, AND customers can create and purchase personalized greeting cards, calendars, photo books and more through the new To Remember This website.

So, when a Girl Scout asks you if you’d like to make a purchase this fall, look her in the eye, ask her questions about her goals, and support her entrepreneurial spirit. You may be helping a future CEO with her very first sale!

Don’t see a Girl Scout? Don’t worry! Just contact and Girl Scouts of Orange County will connect you with a local Girl Scout that you can make your purchase from.

Check out a delicious recipe idea featuring Girl Scout Nuts and Submit Your Own!

Add a little kick to your Fall Football viewing by serving Salsa Mix or Cranberry Mix or create something sweet & festive for Halloween with a Halloween Cookie Pizza (on reverse)! Submit your recipe ideas to and you may be featured on the Girl Scouts of Orange County website at

Halloween Cookie Pizza

1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough

½ cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup Halloween colored M&M candies

½ cup Girl Scouts Honey Roasted Peanuts

¼ cup vanilla ready to spread frosting

Heat oven to 350°. Grease 12-inch pizza pan and press dough even in pan to form crust. Bake 16 to18 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Spread peanut butter over crust. Sprinkle with chocolate candies and peanuts. In small microwave bowl, microwave frosting on High 10 to 15 seconds until thin enough to drizzle. Transfer to small resealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut small hole in 1 corner, drizzle over pizza.


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