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Creamistry Opening in Belmont Shore

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Dessert, Reviews | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Creamistry I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Creamistry hand crafts an amazing scoop of ice cream right in front of you using high quality ingredients. First you start with a base of either an indulgent premium, organic, or non-dairy soy. Then you create your unique recipe from a selection of 50 flavors and over 50 mix-in toppings. Then watch as they mix your recipe with liquid nitrogen (-321 degrees) which freezes the cream mixture upon contact then quickly evaporates leaving you with a delicious scoop of ice cream. The secret to creating the creamiest ice cream is in the rapid freezing of the mixture. Traditionally, ice cream is made in a batch freezer, where it takes about 30-45 minutes to freeze cream into ice cream. Because liquid nitrogen is so...

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Have Your Cupcake and Drink it Too with Cupshakes

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Bakery, Dessert, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Casey’s Cupcakes Casey’s Cupcakes is putting a whole new twist on the traditional cupcake with their cupshakes. Now cupcake loves can have their cupcake and drink it too! Guests are invited to select their favorite cupcake flavor and then have it magically transformed into a rich and delicious “cupcake” milkshake. The options are endless with this new sweet treat at our favorite OC cupcake shop. When celebrating my son’s birthday last month, we ended the celebration by ordering “cupshakes” to take with us to enjoy on our way home. My son took the cookies and cream cupcake and had them turn it into a cookies and cream flavored milk shake that was delectably delicious. The cupshake doesn’t taste like a traditional milkshake. It has the sweet flavors of the cupcake along with the...

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Shooby Dooby Down to Ruby’s for Marianne’s Ice Cream

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Dessert, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Ruby’s Ruby’s Diner is one of the best places to cool down from the summer sun with a delicious dessert. When we got news that three Ruby’s locations were serving Marianne’s ice cream, we could not wait to plan a visit. Marianne’s ice cream first started in Santa Cruz in 1947. The founder, Tom Becker, named the popular ice cream parlor after his two daughter Mary and Anne. Marianne’s is still located at 1020 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz and is one of the best ice creams to be found in California. Guests can enjoy Marianne’s ice cream at the three select Ruby’s Diner locations (Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach). Guests can select from a variety of flavors and specialty ice cream treats. After a fun day playing at the beach...

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Not Your Traditional Snow Cones at Sno 2 Go

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Dessert, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

  I drive by Sno 2 Go twice a day when driving my kids to school. I have always been curious about the snow cone restaurant but have never had the time to stop for a sweet treat until yesterday. After volunteering for hours in the hot sun on the school playground, I was ready for a quick cool down, so we stopped for a treat at Sno 2 Go. I was expecting to get a traditional plastic cup filled with shaved ice and a rainbow of food coloring on top. What we ended up getting was one of the most delicious desserts we have ever had. We walked up to the order window (they also have a drive thru) and a sweet girl in the window helped the kids to order a dessert that she thought they would...

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Creating Your Own Decadent Treat at Creamistry

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Dessert, Reviews | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Creamistry If you’ve ever watched Chopped or Iron Chef on The Food Network chances are you’ve seen a cool contraption that many of the competitor chefs use to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen in mere minutes. I’ve sometimes thought it would be fun to own one of these machines. Just imagine being able to make any kind of ice cream you want almost instantly. But back to reality… my kitchen is too small, not to mention my budget. As it turns out however, some of the newest ice cream shops are picking up on this trend and are using liquid nitrogen ice cream machines to create an entire experience whipping up almost any imaginable flavor combination incorporating candy, cake, cereals, cookies and other treats right before your very eyes. Recently, I was...

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Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt opens in Laguna Niguel

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Dessert, Dining News, Events, Giveaways, Reviews | 6 comments

 Sponsored I attended the soft opening of the new Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt opening in Laguna Niguel and what a treat! Menchie’s is celebrating the opening of their newest store with a Grand Opening Week filled with special treats and surprises starting on Saturday, July 12th at 11:00 am. Menchie’s Mission Statement is simple, “We make you smile”. Menchie’s delivers our mission through employing the 3-D principle: People, Place, and Product. Menchie’s values are embedded in our PEOPLE – our team members, and our friendliest customer service; PLACE – our unique, warm, happy, and inviting store design; PRODUCT – highest quality, variety, and innovation.” Right away you will notice that Menchie’s isn’t your ordinary yogurt shop. The second you open the door you are not only greeted by the helpful staff but by an amazing smell. Menchie’s makes fresh waffle...

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Go Raw this Summer at Juice it Up!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Dessert, Giveaways, Reviews | 7 comments

 We dined as a guest of Juice it Up! My kids love smoothies. We are making smoothies almost every day of the summer to enjoy the fresh fruits of the season, and when we are not making them at home, we are getting them at our local Juice it Up! Just in time for summer, Juice it Up!, just announced their all-new Raw Fusion juice blend. The Raw Fusion fuses together fresh whole fruits and vegetables so that children will retain 100% of the nutritional benefit. The new blend has only 190 calories for a 20oz. Serving, and has 7 grams of dietary fiber to help support digestive health! Will the kids like it as much as their traditional smoothies? We took two of our kids to our local Juice it Up! to see what they thought. The Raw...

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Healthy Summer Treat at Active Culture in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Dessert, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

  After a warm summer afternoon at the beach, we love to cool down with some frozen yogurt at Active Culture. The cafe is located right across the street from Anita Street Beach and has a wide variety of self-serve frozen yogurt flavors, acai bowls, wraps, and bagels. The restaurant is located inside of a beautiful adobe style building with indoor and outdoor seating available. While sitting on the outdoor patio, families can enjoy their frozen yogurt while basking in the cool ocean breezes with a beautiful view of the pacific ocean. After spending a pre-summer day at Anita Street Beach last week, the kids and I walked across the street for some frozen yogurt at Active Culture. The kids were able to choose their favorite frozen yogurt flavors (including gluten-free and dairy-free options). After they picked their favorite...

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Casey’s Cupcakes Debuts New Skinny Cupcake

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Dessert, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

  With summer around the corner, thoughts of lazy days at the pool and beach are some of the prime moments we look forward to all year. However, one thing that is not top of mind are high-calorie desserts. Well, Casey Reinhardt, owner and master inventor of Casey’s Cupcakes created a new dessert just in time for summer – the Skinny Cupcake. My daughters and I visited The Irvine Spectrum Center’s Casey’s Cupcakes location and ordered a few cupcakes to sample. We sat on the patio under the pink awning with the afternoon sun shining. Surprisingly, the Skinny Cupcake did not have that “diet” after-taste like many other low-calorie foods. The fluffy angel food cake is topped with non-dairy, sugar free whipped cream, a fresh strawberry and sparkling glitter. As I enjoyed each bite, it was hard to believe...

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A New Farrell’s has come to Town

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Dessert, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

  “Old Time Memories for a New Generation” My family and I were invited to attend a pre-opening at the new Farrell’s in Buena Park, near Knott’s Berry Farm. We open the doors as if going through a time machine and find ourselves in the midst of the 1890s. We see fellows and gals dressed in pin stripe and cane hats. We’re engulfed with sound: clapping, singing, and even an ambulance siren. Fun is in the air! The kids immediately spot the old-fashioned candy store. Add some spectacular ice cream concoctions and you have Farrell’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor! I have such fond childhood memories of Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor. It was THE place to celebrate when I was a kid. They were known for giving children a free ice cream sundae on their birthday. But the coup...

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The Science of Ice Cream at Creamistry

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Dessert, Featured, Reviews | 1 comment

  What happens when you mix liquid nitrogen and delicious natural ingredients? You get the most incredible ice cream in Orange County. Creamistry is not only creating high-quality fresh ice cream, but also creating a unique experience for families to enjoy. After having lunch at Veggie Grill with a girlfriend, we wanted to see what all the hype around this unique OC ice cream shop was, so we headed into Creamistry for an after lunch treat. When we first walked into the front door, we both went “whoa!” when we spotted the liquid nitrogen steaming behind the counter. After we stood in awe for about five minutes, we finally decided to see what we wanted to order. Like the typical “always distracted me” I was still captivated by the cool white smoke while my friend walked me through the...

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Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Dessert, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Menchie’s My family loves frozen yogurt. It doesn’t matter if it is 50 degrees or 100 degrees, we will drive anywhere for frozen yogurt. I recently found out about Menchie’s and decided to see if there were any locations close by. Score! There was a location 15 miles from us and we were out the door in 5 minutes flat (like I said we love frozen yogurt). As you open the door of the brightly lit shop, the aroma of freshly made waffle bowls carries you away to the wall of yogurt. You are now in front of dozens of options for flavors to sample and then choose. I went with my staple choice of chocolate peanut butter cup and let me tell you Menchie’s was the creamiest by far. Once I was...

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Sambazon Cafe in Newport Beach

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in American, Dessert, Featured, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Thinking about taking the kids out for ice cream? Ready for a healthier solution? We have the answer with the Sambazon Cafe in Newport Beach. What is Sambazon? Sambazon is a healthy alternative to ice cream packed with powerful antioxidants and healthy omegas in their acai bowls. The founders of Sambazon brought the acai (ah-sigh-ee) bowl to the US after experiencing the dining delicacy in Brazil. Since beginning their journey in 1999, the founders of Sambazon, have created jobs, helped to protect the rainforest, and are sharing this unique superfood nutrition with the world. In March of 2011, they opened their first cafe in Cardiff-by-the-Sea and then in Newport Beach in June of 2012. Sambazon bowls are delicious for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Your body will be fueled with the all-natural ingredients in every bowl made at...

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Ghirardelli Chocolate Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop Joins El Capitan Theatre

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Dessert, Disney, Featured | 4 comments

 Sponsored The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop joined The Walt Disney Studios’ El Capitan Theatre and Disney Studio Store on November 15th. The night before the World Premiere of the Disney film, “Frozen,” we got a first glimpse at the new addition on Hollywood Boulevard. From the moment that we stepped foot into the heavenly store, we were greeted with a sampling of decadent Ghirardelli chocolate. The store has floor to ceiling murals, Disney merchandise, and chocolate galore. The Disney Studio Store shares the newly redesigned space with Ghirardelli Chocolate, offering guests the opportunity to purchase Disney Souveniers, collectible pins, and Disney home entertainment films. In celebration, of the film “Frozen,” the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop are featuring a special “Frozen” themed dessert. In future months, Ghirardelli Chocolate will create ice cream sundaes themed for the...

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New Holiday Flavors Arrive at Yogurtland

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Dessert, Dining News | 0 comments

  The holidays are here, and so are Yogurtland’s new holiday flavors. Beginning today, guests can enjoy all the flavors of the holiday season with 12 new flavors and six scrumptious toppings. Each week for the next six weeks, two new flavors will be introduced. In order of their appearance, the holiday-inspired flavors include: Spiced Apple Cider Sorbet – This dairy-free sorbet is made with the world’s finest apple juices, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove for a true taste of holiday tradition. Salted Caramel Pecan – Made with smooth caramel, creamy dulce de leche, Yogurtland’s exclusive pecan butter and a hint of salt for a flavor that’s soon to be one of your favorites. Chocolate Mocha – This no sugar added frozen yogurt combines real Sumatran coffee with a special blend of cocoas for a full-bodied flavor. Sticky Toffee Pudding...

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CUPS Frozen Yogurt Introduces New Candy Bar

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Dessert, Dining News | 0 comments

  CUPS Frozen Yogurt in Westminster, just introduced a new candy bar station, making their store just a little more sweeter. In addition to 24 yogurt flavors, 50 toppings and 3 sauces, CUPS is rolling out CUPS Candy Bar – a designated candy section selling bulk candy for 59 cents an ounce. Offering between 40 and 60 different candy varieties, options include Gummy Bears, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Lemonheads, Chocolate Peanuts, NERDS and more than a dozen Jelly Belly varieties. “CUPS was designed to be different from an everyday yogurt bar or ice cream shop. It’s more of a club-like experience. We pump out club dance music at volumes that create a highly energetic vibe,’ said Rick Barbrick, CUPS co-founder. “And what’s a club without a bar? CUPS Candy Bar offers guests another reason to come in and experience...

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Pumpkin Patch Perfection at Casey’s Cupcakes

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Dessert, Featured | 0 comments

  Planning a spooktacular Halloween party this year? Casey’s Cupcakes has created some spooky Halloween themed cupcakes to help make your celebration extra special this year. These cupcakes are baked to pumpkin patch perfection using the highest quality ingredients for your little ghosts and goblins. Guests can mix and match any of their specialty designed cupcakes, and a minimum preorder of 6 is required. They come with vanilla bean flavor with vanilla buttercream frosting. All preorders must be placed 48 hours in advance. The price is $4.50 each, $24 for a 6-pack. Call you local Casey’s Cupcakes today to order your spooktacular cupcakes for Halloween this...

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Five Delicious Halloween Treats at Disneyland Resort

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Dessert, Disney, Featured | 0 comments

 sponsored One of my kids favorite things to do when visiting Disneyland Resort during Halloween Time is to get a delicious seasonal treat. There are so many scrumptious treats to choose from this year, and these are five of our favorite treats that we recommend your family enjoying when visiting Disneyland. Jack Skellington Coffins can be found in New Orleans Square inside of Disneyland Park. They come filled with Oreo cream inside, and then topped with more Oreos, chocolate mousse and dark chocolate. These mouthwatering treats will make a big impression on your kids, and are sure to make them smile and say, “Yum!” The gingerbread man got a little spooky at Disneyland during Halloween time with these delicious gingerbread cookies. Run, run as fast as you can over to Disneyland Park before they all run away. These ghostly...

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Crispa Crepes Brings Healthy Fast Casual Family Dining to Irvine

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in American, Dessert, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

  Families are always looking for a healthy fast casual dining solution, and Crispa Crepes is just the answer. Last week, we went to Crispa Crepes, and brought along our daughter to see how “kid-friendly” crepes are. After tasting just a few of the unique creations being served at Crispa Crepes, it was kid approved! I have always only had crepes as a breakfast dish until now. I never thought that a crepe could be so delicious when filled with fresh, flavorful ingredients. After trying almost all of the savory crepes, the two that were the most kid-friendly were the French and the Italian. The French was simple, and perfect for the picky eater. It comes filled with ham, swiss cheese and thyme. The Italian is loaded with grilled chicken, pesto, tomato sauce, swiss cheese, red onion and basil....

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Balboa Island Balboa Bars

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Dessert, Featured | 0 comments

  We are in for another warm weekend, and it is the perfect time to head down to Balboa Island to get a freshly made Balboa Bar. I have been getting frozen bananas and Balboa Bars from Dad’s on Balboa Island since I was just a young kid. It brings back some of my favorite childhood memories enjoying the refreshing dessert with my children. Balboa Bars can be found anywhere on Balboa Island, but Dad’s is the best. Be prepared for there to be a long line on a warm weekend afternoon as families line-up for this favorite dessert. When you get up to the window to order your dessert, you’ll be asked if you want a frozen banana or a balboa bar. Then comes the fun part, as you will get to pick out your own toppings for...

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