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Chipotle Sofritas Event

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Events, Mexican | 0 comments

   Whether or not your New Year’s Resolution is to eat less meat, Chipotle Mexican Grill is giving its customers a special opportunity to try its new vegan menu item, Sofritas, this month. On Monday, January 26, 2015, customers who purchase a Sofritas entrée item at any Chipotle restaurant in the US or Canada can redeem their receipt for a free entrée of their choice any day between January 27 and February 28, 2015. Sofritas, inspired by the Spanish word sofrito (a popular cooking base used for stews, rice and beans in Spanish and Latin American culture), is organic, non-GMO tofu braised with chipotle chilis, roasted poblano peppers and a blend of aromatic spices. Sofritas was first tested in Spring 2013 in several select markets, and after successfully winning over the taste buds of people all around the country,...

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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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Sunday Brunch at Solita in Huntington Beach

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Breakfast, Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Solita Bring your family together for Sunday brunch at Solita in Huntington Beach. Solita is putting a twist on traditional Sunday brunch and it’s perfect for families who are looking for a different dining experience. Parents are invited begin their meal with a rainbow mimosa bucket. You’ll start by selecting four flavor choices to be blended with sparkling wine in a crystalline champagne flute. There is watermelon, guava, mango, strawberry, pomegranate and pineapple flavors. Sip on these sweet flavors of the rainbow while sharing your favorite family memories from the past week. For parents who want a more traditional cocktail there is also a bloody mary, sangria and traditional mimosas available on the brunch menu..but why be ordinary when your meal can be extraordinary by sipping on one of their unique craft cocktails....

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Sol Cocina New Baja-Inspired Menu

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Dining News, Mexican | 0 comments

 SOL Cocina introduces a new menu of Baja-inspired cuisine. The new menu features the season’s freshest ingredients artfully presented in dishes such as ‘Firing Squad’ Mezcal Shrimp, a unique interpretation of sautéed shrimp with mezcal, chipotle, pineapple, and fresh tomato fired up in an iron cazuela and served with butter lettuce leaf wraps. Sweet Corn and Baja Stone Crab Soup, ‘Charro’ Bone-In Ribeye Steak, and Puerto Nuevo Lobster Tacos are also among the flavorful new offerings presented on SOL’s new menu. Among the new items featured on the SOL Winter Menu: POMEGRANATE GUACAMOLE ‘EN NOGADA’ This seasonal guacamole references a famous traditional Mexican dish for fall called chiles en nogada. It begins with our basic guacamole (avocado, lime juice, salt) and is topped with pomegranate seeds, candied toasted walnuts, mild, creamy goat cheese and red onions, with strips of...

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Fresh Mexican Cuisine at La Vida Cantina

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of La Vida Cantina La Vida Cantina is the newest addition to Triangle Square in Costa Mesa bringing authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. The ambiance is what drew us towards dining at La Vida Cantina with their large open-air dining area featuring outdoor fireplaces, comfortable seating, a large pentagon-shaped bar and palapas. The restaurant has a relaxed, hip, family-friendly environment that made us feel like we were spending the night dining in Puerto Vallarta. While it was the ambiance that drew us toward dining at La Vida Cantina, it was their fresh cuisine that left us wanting to come back for more. We started our evening with a blackberry jalapeño margarita. The margarita packed the perfect amount of heat featuring Don Julio Reposado Tequila with blackberries, jalapeños, agave nectar and lime juice....

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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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Rubio’s Introduces New Tropical Flavors

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Rubio’s Guests dining at Rubio’s can now enjoy all-new tropical shrimp dishes. The new menu items feature a tropical shrimp burrito and taco filled with sustainable shrimp and fresh ingredients. After the kids first week of school, I took them to our local Rubio’s to try the new menu items. We ordered the burrito, the two taco plate, and my little picky eater stayed with his favorite quesadilla kid’s meal. The tacos were the favorite among my children. They came filled with a good serving of large shrimp that had been marinated in a blend of ancho chiles, herbs, garlic and olive oil. The shrimp was mixed with pickled onions, mango habanero salsa and a spicy sauce. The tacos sure have a kick, so if you kids don’t like spice, I would recommend...

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New Spanish Tapas Restaurant Pueblo Coming This Fall to SOCO

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Dining News, Events, Mexican | 0 comments

  Tapas lovers will unite over incredible cuisine when the new restaurant, Pueblo, opens this Fall at South Coast Collection (SOCO). The menu at Pueblo will feature notable Spanish tastes with dishes such as Atun Crudo (tuna tartare with jicama, sesame and cilantro), Albondigas de Cerdo (lamb meatballs with chickpeas, paprika and mint), and Judias a la Parilla (charred romano beans with shallot and romesco sauce). Heading up the bar program is Peter Neptune-trained Lindsey Go, who will focus on California and Spanish-centric wines, seasonal beverages and small-craft beers, to perfectly complement the cuisine. For its lunch, social hour, and dinner service, Pueblo will have a traditional jamón carving station, with a jamonero sourced directly from Spain. The restaurant design is a unique component of the culinary experience at Pueblo. The space consists of conscious, sustainable materials to create...

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Modern Mexican Cuisine at Tortilla Republic in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Tortilla Republic Lunch with a girlfriend and an ocean view makes for a perfect day, especially when you’re treated to amazing menu items from Tortilla Republic. This new Laguna Beach restaurant features a modern Mexican Cuisine. Tortilla republic serves up Mexican classics but made with fresh, flavorful and unique ingredients and gluten free, local first, organic when available, all natural chicken and meats. When dining with a friend, I like to enjoy good conversation over a drink, be it a cocktail or refreshing iced tea, today we opted for a cocktail. A warm afternoon and a cool drink do hand-in-hand, we sipped margaritas and enjoyed the guacamole and salsa tasting, like a salsa flight. The guacamole is mixed to perfection with Avocado,​ serrano pepper, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lime to make the flavors...

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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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Fast & Delicious Tacos at Tacos & Co

Posted by on Aug 3, 2014 in Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

  After the kids had an active day paddle boarding at Pirate Coast Paddle summer camp, they worked up a huge appetite. I surprised them one day after camp by taking them to one of their favorite taco places, Tacos & Co. The Newport Beach location is at the corner for Bristol and Jamboree in the busy Starbucks shopping center. It is always a challenge to find a parking spot in this busy shopping center during the lunch rush because it is frequented by all people working in the surrounding business buildings. Tacos & Co in Newport Beach is a teeny tiny little taco shop with just three high-top tables and a bar that wraps around the inside of a narrow dining room. The kids will always opt for the bar even if one of the high top tables...

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Tortilla Republic opens in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

  Possessing the right menu may be an important attribute on a restaurant’s list of desirables, but right up there is location. With a coveted address in Laguna Beach, Tortilla Republic set its sights for their third destination (exiting locations include Kauai, Hawaii and West Hollywood). We were fortunate to find a spot in the central structure, since our lack of parallel parking prowess is notorious in this neighborhood. We enter their abode and beeline for the booth with a people-watching view of Pacific Coast Highway, sunshine naturally lighting up the dining room and extensive bar. Dimly lit lanterns illuminate additional seating below us, their reflection bouncing off a mirrored wall. From a dramatic art installation of ivory rope, to a metal stand used to corral multiple handbags, it’s the details that set them apart. Orange County native Chris...

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Z’Tejas Summer Menu

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Z’Tejas Now that Summer is here, so are some incredible new shows at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and their outdoor summer movie series. Before going to see a show or outdoor movie at the Segerstrom Center this year, treat your family to dinner at Z’Tejas for their all-new summer menu. There are lots of surprises on the new summer menu including a deliciously creamy pasta dish (Habanero Chicken Pasta). Not something that I would expect to see on a summer menu, but I quickly found that I could not have just one bite. For guests seeking a little comfort food during the warm summer month, this dish paired with their warm corn bread is my go-to choice off their new menu. What is in this delicious dish? Chicken, angel hair pasta,...

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Don Diego’s of Indian Wells

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Mexican, Reviews, Travel | 0 comments

  When traveling to Palm Springs for a weekend getaway, I was in search of a festive dining environment to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Thanks to a great recommendation from a friend of ours, we ended up dining at Don Diego’s of Indian Wells. When we walked into the restaurant, we were greeted with festive music and the kindest service we had come across on our getaway. They found the perfect table for us to have a delicious dinner together. We started the evening off with one of their famous margaritas that came in a giant margarita glass that was large enough for four people to share. You can tell by my blurry photos, that they were more than generous with the tequila. While sipping on our giant margarita, we savored the delicious tortilla chips and housemade salsa. When...

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Tortilla Jo’s at Downtown Disney

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

  Whenever we find ourselves together as a family in Downtown Disney, we look forward to dining at our favorite Mexican Restaurant, Tortilla Jo’s. Tortilla Jo’s offers our family delicious Mexican food in a fun and festive environment. While at the Disney Social Media Mom’s conference last month, we had a dinner break in our schedule, so we could not resist making reservations at Tortilla Jo’s. The best part was that we got a seat in our favorite section of the restaurant – the outdoor patio. While sitting on the second floor outdoor patio, we were able to get panoramic views of the festive happenings at Downtown Disney. (This is also a prime spot to see the fireworks at night) We started our dinner with refreshing margaritas and table side guacamole. The kids love watching them make the delicious...

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El Torito Family Fajita Packs To Go!

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Mexican | 0 comments

  With our latest Orange County heatwave, the last thing I want to do is make our house hotter by using the oven. El Torito is the perfect solution to getting dinner on the table in a dash and at a price that works with almost every family budget. El Torito just launched their Family Fajita Packs to Go. For just $29.99 your family can enjoy fresh and delicious fajitas for the entire family. Ordering a fajita pack is as easy as calling your local El Torito and then picking it up right before dinnertime. The pack feeds a family of four and comes with chicken fajitas, tortillas, rice, beans, chips and salsa. (make it steak for an additional $5) Find your closest El Torito location online and take advantage of this great family dining deal. Photo is courtesy...

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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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Rubio’s for Dinner Tonight

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

  I’m not going to lie to you, there are nights that I walk into my kitchen and walk right back out.  There are nights that I feel tire, uninspired and plain old lazy but because I am a mom I need to feed my kids.  When I can’t get my stuff together I look to healthier alternatives but with most places still hiding their calories and ingredients online, it’s difficult to find a place to eat without doing a lot of research beforehand.  In comes Rubios.     I hadn’t been to Rubios in years but as I was talking to my mom friends, about going out dilemmas, one of them mentioned that when you go to Rubios you can see the calorie count of all their items right on their menu.   When you walk into a Rubios...

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Baja! Cooking on the Edge With Chef Deb Schneider

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Events, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

  Last Wednesday evening, Chef Deb invited us to celebrate the second edition release of her first cookbook… the cookbook that was responsible for the launch of her career with SOL Cocina in Newport Beach… Baja! Cooking on the Edge. While preparing her Enseneda Style Shrimp Tacos from her book on the patio of SOL, Chef Deb shared with us how this, the first of five cookbooks she has written, was discovered by SOL Partners, Matt Baumayr and Rich Howland in a bookstore. They believed she might just be exactly the chef they were searching for and decided to contact her. The rest as they say, is history, as she is now Executive Chef/Partner for SOL and their recently opened sister restaurant, Solita in Huntington Beach. We enjoyed her beer battered shrimp taco done Enseneda-style with creamy lime, pico,...

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In-Depth Look Behind the Scenes of Chipotle

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Featured, Mexican, Reviews | 0 comments

  One of the biggest struggles that I have as a busy parent to three young children is finding a healthy fast-casual dining destination for my family. It is an unrealistic to expectation to have a healthy warm dinner on the table every night when driving the kids around town to their after school events throughout the week. Most dining destinations that offer healthy options are dine-in experiences, that doesn’t always work with our lifestyle. More and more, families, like mine, are looking for fast-casual dining destinations that don’t sacrifice the health of their family. Last week, I went to Chipotle for the first time to learn more about their restaurant, philosophy and how their food is prepared. When we walked into the Chipotle, we were immediately impressed with how clean the restaurant was. It has a hip, modern...

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