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Marie Callender’s Whole Pie-To Go Sale (Giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in American, Bakery, Dessert, Giveaways | 12 comments

  We are thrilled to share that now through February 29th, Marie Callender’s will be celebrating their annual Whole Pie-To Go Sale. During the sale, guests can choose from more than 30 varieties of Marie Callender’s pies for only $7.99, plus tin. The Marie Callender’s whole pie-to go sale includes: Apple: Sliced sweetened apples, spiced with cinnamon. Banana Cream: Fresh ripe bananas, rich vanilla cream, fresh whipped cream or a fluffy meringue. Berry: A variety of only the finest plump, ripe berries, baked in this double crust pie. Blueberry: Blueberries enhanced with flavorful apples. Cherry: With juicy, tart, red cherries. Coconut Cream: Coconut folded into our rich vanilla cream. French Apple: Our traditional apple pie with a crumbly cinnamon streusel topping. Lemon Meringue: Slightly tart, slightly sweet, topped with a light golden meringue. Peach: With thick sliced peaches. Pumpkin:...

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Marie Callender’s Whole Pie-To Go Sale (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Dessert, Giveaways | 13 comments

  Marie Callender’s is kicking off their Whole Pie-To Go Sale starting on September 18th through October 31st. During this special time, guests can choose from more than 30 varieties of Marie Callender’s pies for only $7.99 plus tin. Marie Callender’s irresistible selections include: Apple: Sliced sweetened apples and spiced with cinnamon. Banana Cream: Fresh ripe bananas, rich vanilla cream, fresh whipped cream or a fluffy meringue. Berry: A variety of only the finest plump, ripe berries, baked in this double crust pie. Blueberry: Blueberries enhanced with flavorful apples Cherry: With juicy, tart, red cherries. Coconut Cream: Coconut folded into our rich vanilla cream. French Apple: Our traditional apple pie with a crumbly cinnamon streusel topping. Lemon Meringue: Slightly tart, slightly sweet, topped with a light golden meringue. Peach: With thick sliced peaches. Pumpkin: Our famous pumpkin pie has...

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Del Taco Introduces Handcrafted Ensaladas (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Featured, Giveaways, Uncategorized | 11 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The one thing that keeps us coming back to Del Taco is their commitment to offering their guests food made with fresh ingredients. When I heard that they were introducing some new handcrafted Ensaladas, I couldn’t wait to stop in and try one for lunch. The best part – they are all less than 600 calories with salad dressing. The salads are made to order (not pre-made) and features a fresh lettuce blend, hand sliced avocado, pico de gallo and freshly made tortilla chips. The new featured salads include: Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad: features freshly grilled marinated chicken, fresh sliced Hass avocado, crispy hand-chopped bacon, handmade pico de gallo salsa, chopped cilantro, and fresh house-made tortilla chips atop a mix of fresh crisp romaine and iceberg lettuce. Served with new cilantro...

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Epic Things are Happening at Del Taco

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Giveaways, Mexican | 3 comments

 We dined as a guest of Del Taco Del Taco is one of the few places where my family will stop in for fast food. They are committed to using fresh ingredients in all of their food making it a healthier alternative to most fast food restaurants in the area. The menu at Del Taco has had an epic change with the addition of their all-new epic grilled chicken avocado burrito. When I heard the news of the new menu addition, I couldn’t wait to head over to our local Del Taco to find out what all the hype was about. When I unwrapped, the burrito was surprised to six large slices of fresh avocado in the burrito! Under the avocado was a good size helping of chicken, pico de gallo salsa, rice and black beans. It was a...

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Marie Callender’s New Crave & Save Menu (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in American, Featured, Giveaways | 26 comments

  Marie Callender’s just introduced a new menu featuring 16 meals priced from $6 to $9. The new meals are perfect to work with most family budgets and are available all-day. Some of the highlights of the menu are the Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Marie Callender’s famous Quiche with Salad, Bacon, Cheese, Avocado Hasher, and a hearty Fish & Shrimp plate.   Giveaway! Two winners will each win a $50 gift card to bring their family to Marie Callender’s for lunch or dinner. Enter to win in the form below: a Rafflecopter giveaway Menu: $6 Three Cheese Omelette A fluffy three-egg omelette loaded with jack, cheddar and Swiss cheeses. Served with tater tots. Marie’s Magnificent Six Two eggs* any style, two pancakes and two bacon or sausage. Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Bacon Grilled parmesan sourdough, cheddar cheese, Swiss...

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Fuel a Healthy Lifestyle with Juice it Up! (Giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in American, Giveaways | 6 comments

  One of the kids favorite places to get a healthy after school snack is at Juice it Up! They are a leading raw juice bar in Orange County that has been providing families with juices made with real fruit and fresh vegetables for many years. During the New Year, families are more focused than ever on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and Juice it Up! is thrilled to help make the goal a reality for many families. With 100% raw and gluten free juice blends, Juice It Up! offers the perfect post-workout snack or meal replacement on any fitness journey. The popular juice bar just opened a new location in Irvine co-founded by sisters Faurum and Megha Doshi. The new location at the corner of Irvine and Sand Canyon offers Juice It Up!’s delicious line of products formulated to...

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Free Frozen Yogurt at CUPS (Giveaway)

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Dessert, Dining News, Giveaways | 10 comments

  CUPS Frozen Yogurt, the beach-themed self-serve fro-yo concept, will celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day with free fro-yo (up to 6 ounces) all day, Friday, February 6. Guests must bring in, or show on their phone, the coupon available at Since opening the first CUPS in Clifton, New Jersey in 2010, CUPS has taken the fro-yo industry by storm, becoming the local hot spot for teenagers and adults alike who make their own fro-yo concoctions choosing from 18 yogurt flavors and over 50 different toppings and three sauces. CUPS Frozen Yogurt is located at 2050 Westminster Mall in Westminster. Win it! We are thrilled to offer one OC Mom a $20 gift certificate for CUPS. Enter to win in the form below: a Rafflecopter...

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Eat Well with Del Taco’s New Turkey Tacos

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Giveaways, Mexican | 5 comments

 We dined as a guest of Del Taco The New Year is the perfect time to kick-start healthier eating habits. While many moms would love to be able to cook a healthy home cooked meal from scratch every night, many moms are busy running the kids around town to after school events and sports. When I have found myself leaving the baseball field at 7pm without dinner warming in the crockpot, Del Taco has always been a “healthier” alternative for a quick dinner. While it is still a fast-food restaurant, Del Taco, has always had a commitment to using high-quality ingredients and offering lower calorie options including their all-new Turkey Tacos. Earlier this week, the kids and I were busy playing at the park, so we decided to stop at Del Taco for a quick lunch and to try...

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New Philly’s Best Opens in Orange County (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in American, Giveaways, Reviews | 17 comments

 Giveaway sponsored by Philly’s Best Thinly sliced steak and melted cheese inside of a soft hoagie are something that I could never resist. The only place that brings me right back to the streets of Philadelphia is Philly’s Best. Getting a delicious cheesesteak sandwich just got easier for families living in Orange County with the opening of their all new location in San Clemente. The kids and I went to the Ocean View Plaza Shopping Center for lunch during the holiday break to taste the cheesesteak sandwiches at the new location, and it was better than ever. The sandwich came piled high with steak, and the cheese was melted to perfections. The new restaurant is one of the first to have an updated decor that will be coming to all of the 22 other locations throughout the upcoming months....

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Chef Imran Ali Invites You to Celebrate Diwali With Tamarind of London

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Featured, Giveaways, Mediterranean, Reviews | 9 comments

 We dined as a guest of Tamarind of London   Tamarind of London is celebrating, Diwali, the Festival of Lights, an ancient Hindu festival with a special $39 per person prix fixe menu prepared by Chef Imran Ali. This week we were able to taste a sneak preview of the menu and it was a treat! Your dinner will start with a first course selection of: the Kebab Platter of Swordfish Tikka with chili chutney, Malai Chicken with sweet and sour yogurt, Lamb Kebob with tamarind, and pickled onion; or a Vegetarian Platter with Hara Baram, a spinach potato dumpling with chutney, Panner Tikka, a marinated fresh cheese with yogurt, and Aloo Tikki, a spicy potato dumpling with tamarind. This is followed by a second course selection of: Butter Chicken, chicken in a creamy tomato butter sauce; Classic Rogan...

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Fresh Fresca Bowls Come to Del Taco (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Giveaways, Mexican | 12 comments

 We sampled the bowls as a guest of Del Taco Things are getting fresh at Del Taco with the introduction of their all-new Fresca Bowls. The three bowls are priced at just $4 each and are 530 calories or less. Our kid’s favorite bowl is the Pollo Asado Grilled Chicken Bowl. The bowl is just 500 calories and comes loaded with white rice, black beans, pico de gallo salsa and 4.5 ounces of freshly grilled chicken. That is more chicken than most competitors being a good serving of protein to fuel your kids growing bodies. Parents can get a meal packed with plenty of vegetables with the Fire Roasted Veggie Bowl. This bowl features Del Taco’s tangy green chile sauce, pico de gallo salsa and a large serving of roasted vegetables. This bowl is perfect for vegetarians and is...

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Authentic Italian Sandwiches at Stefano’s

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in American, Giveaways, Reviews | 0 comments

  If you are in the mood for a high-quality panini, I highly suggest going to Stefano’s in Yorba Linda located in the same parking lot as Chili’s (aka Packing House) shopping center. The Stefano family acquired the former Golden Baked Ham store in 2003 and have expanded their menu to include their signature mouth-watering paninis, salads soups and desserts. With every bite, you can tell right away that Stefano’s takes pride in their Italian roots. There is always a lunch rush, but it is well worth the wait. The staff is very friendly, and you get the feeling that there are ‘regulars’ seated throughout the restaurant. One teenage girl, told me that she always orders the Italian Wedding soup and her father (former waiter and self-professed food critic) comes for the paninis. It’s the kind of restaurant where...

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Chronic Tacos Opens in Laguna Niguel

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Giveaways, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 There’s a new taco shop in town – and all you moms need to take your families to go check it out! Chronic Tacos has opened its newest store in Laguna Niguel and if you like fresh, authentic Mexican food – this is the place for you! I had the opportunity to meet and visit with Randy Wyner, founder of Chronic Tacos, along with Mike Mohammed, CEO of Chronic Tacos, and Carlos Gonzalez, franchise owner of the Laguna Niguel Chronic Tacos. These men are all very laid back, easy-going guys that love good Mexican food. This location is the 13th in Orange County and it’s in a prime location for South County families. Located on Crown Valley Pkwy, near Greenfield Rd the taco shop is not only nestled near the Rancho Niguel community of Laguna Niguel – but it’s...

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Date Night at SeaLegs Wine Bar

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Date Night, Featured, Giveaways, Reviews | 25 comments

 We dined as a guest of SeaLegs Wine Bar After having the kids home during the summer, most parents are in dire need of a romantic date night. After finally finding a babysitter for the evening, the last thing that parents want is to be rushed through a meal. At SeaLegs Wine Bar in Huntington Beach, guests are encouraged to take their time, and enjoy every mouthwatering moment while indulging in delicious small plates perfectly paired with wine. My husband and I recently had a date night at SeaLegs Wine Bar, and it quickly became one of our favorite date night dining destinations in Orange County. The restaurant features an intimate dining room with cozy seats and fragrant ocean breezes. It has modern comforts with unparalleled service that sophisticated couples expect when seeking a date night destination in Orange...

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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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Catch a Wave this Summer at Island’s Restaurant

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in American, Featured, Giveaways, Reviews | 33 comments

 We dined as a guest of Island’s Catch a wave into your local Island’s Restaurant this summer for their smokin’ hot summer menu dining options. Island’s is our favorite family dining destination, and you can always find us biting into our favorite juicy burger or tacos at our local Island’s once a week. After spending a week in Mexico, the kids were craving their favorite burgers, so we headed down to Island’s to check-out what is new on their summer menu while enjoying some of our favorite dishes. Planning a visit to Island’s without the kids? They have happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-7pm in their festive tiki style bar. I caught up with my girlfriends after traveling for a week during their happy hour before retreating to the dining room to enjoy dinner with my family. There...

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Corner Bakery New Summer Menu & $100 Giveaway!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Breakfast, Dining News, Giveaways, Reviews | 28 comments

 We attended as a guest of Corner Bakery “At Corner Bakery Café, we’re passionate about food and know that our guests are too. We also know that people are drawn to foods that make them feel good – whether that’s a crisp salad that fills you with energy or a bowl of seasonal soup that warms you from the inside out. Of course, feeling healthy means something different to everyone, and that’s why we’re dedicated to creating fresh, tasty, made-to-order options that easily fit within almost any lifestyle.” Ric Scicchitano, Corner Bakery Cafes SVP of Food & Beverage was on hand doing live cooking demonstrations of these delicious new items that will be on the summer menu starting on July 1st. One of the things that I love most about Corner Bakery Café is that they always use the...

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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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Two Madres Celebrates Moms in May (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Featured, Giveaways, Mexican | 6 comments

 Are you a mom? Two Madres is celebrating moms throughout the month of May by offering a free entrée with the purchase of an entrée of equal or lesser value. The fast-casual restaurant puts a healthy twist on traditional Mexican food without sacrificing flavor. Guests at Two Madres can enjoy custom making burritos, tacos, bowls, salads, tortas and chicken plate with made-from-scratch daily fresh ingredients. They use all-natural products that are free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics! We are thrilled to treat two moms to a $10 gift certificate each to bring their family to Two Madres in Mission Viejo. Enter to win in the form below: a Rafflecopter giveaway Details..details.. The buy-one entrée, get-one entrée free promotion may not be combined with any other offer. Tax is extra, free entrée must be of equal or lesser value. Offer...

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Dicky’s Ultimate Barbecue Experience

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in American, Giveaways, Reviews | 5 comments

 We dined as a guest of Dickey’s With my backyard grill being my favorite place to fire up dinner for the family, you’ll hardly ever see our family going out for barbecue. Like all highly-acclaimed grill masters, its hard to admit when coming across barbecue as good as your own, but barbecue enthusiasts will savor in an ultimate barbecue experience when dining at Dicky’s Barbecue Pit. When we drove-up to Dicky’s, it is located right in the middle of a strip mall, and boy were we in for a surprise. We walked into the restaurant packed with happy families eating on the blue and white checkered tablecloths, and an employee eager to take our order. Instead of ordering dinner at the restaurant, we decided to bring home some of their smoked meat to enjoy along with our extended family....

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