6/27/2017

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad ~ Available for a limited time through August at The Habit Burger Grill


The Habit Burger Grill Celebrates Summer with
the Return of the Delicious Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad

Available for a limited time
through August



The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq: HABT), an Irvine-based restaurant company renowned for its award-winning Charburgers, has announced the return of its Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad, a delicious salad as satisfying as summer itself. The limited time special is available now through summer at participating Habit Burger Grill locations, and is priced at $7.75.
The Habit’s Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad features a refreshing blend of perfectly seasoned chargrilled chicken breast atop a bed of hand-cut garden greens with fresh sliced strawberries, dried blueberries and feta cheese crumbles, tossed in a house-made strawberry balsamic vinaigrette making for a delightful option for any summers day.

“Last year, our guests loved this menu item that reflected the fun and refreshing feeling of summertime,” says chef Adam Baird, The Habit’s vice president of food & beverage and creator of this limited time special. “We decided to bring this salad back because when our guests think of summer foods, they think of delicious ripe strawberries. This salad is the perfect combination of summer’s favorite fruit, fresh greens and a tasty vinaigrette. We are certain that it will be a fan-favorite yet again.”


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About The Habit Restaurants, Inc. 
The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the "best tasting burger in America" in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America's leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 185 restaurants in 10 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Washington and Maryland as well as two international locations. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

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6/26/2017

The Queen Mary Hosts SoCal’s Top Fireworks Display for All-American 4th of July Celebration












Let freedom ring and celebrate Independence Day aboard the majestic Queen Mary with a full day of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, delicious food, spectacular drinks from multiple bars, Ferris wheel ride, and more on Tuesday, July 4 from 2 - 10 p.m. The red, white and blue celebration is a ship-wide event, culminating with one of SoCal’s best 4th of July fireworks display above one of America’s “shining seas.”

The patriotic festival kicks-off at 2 p.m. with the sound of the historical Queen Mary horn. Upon entering The Village, guests will be greeted with a petting zoo, kids’ activities, inflatables, and more. Attendees will enjoy carnival games, strolling performers, delicious eats, All American Xpress Train, Ferris wheel ride, and live entertainment including performance by popular 80s R&B singing group The Pointer Sisters at 8 p.m.

The festivities run all day long with live entertainment on multiple stages aboard the Queen Mary with comedy and magic shows in the Royal Salon and dance performances in the Grand Salon. The Straytones featuring the Lindy Sisters, Satin Dollz and Hollywood HotShots will perform in the Queen’s Salon, while DJ Mikey O. spins on the Sports Deck and DJ Rod Epic and HT Boombox light up the Verandah Deck. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to experience even-more holiday fun with access to the crowd-favorite dueling pianos in the Britannia Salon and James Rensink and strolling performers on the Capstan & Britannia Deck.

In addition to the one-of-a-kind entertainment and 4th of July activities, ticket holders are invited to experience all the wonders of The Queen Mary with access to the Diana: Legacy of a Princess Exhibition, Queen Mary Story, All American Tour, 4D Theater screenings and Haunted Encounters Tours.

The Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July extravaganza is a patriotic celebration for all ages. The 15-minute-long firework show plays in-sync to patriotic music and paints the night sky with spectacular colors.

In honor of the holiday, The Queen Mary offers free admission to active duty military and military in uniform, at the door only. Tickets are $24 online for children, $29 day-of and $44 online per adult, and $49 day-of. The VIP-patriot pass is $99 for ages 4+ and includes additional access to Cap & Brit Decks, Britannia Salon, and premium firework viewing. Hotel and cabana packages are also available. For more information, schedule of activities and to purchase tickets visit queenmary.com/events/july-fourth/.

SINISTER CIRCUS ~ The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Introduces New Haunted Summer Costume Ball


The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Introduces
New Haunted Summer Costume Ball
SINISTER CIRCUS
Aboard the Queen Mary
July 29

Dark Harbor Returns to the Haunted Ship September 28 with Tickets On-Sale
July 1


The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most terrifyingly authentic haunt, will once again rise from the deep sweltering history of the infamous ship September 28 – November 1, 2017 with tickets on-sale beginning July 1. At the annual Midsummer Scream festival July 29-30, the Queen Mary will unveil all the new and exciting tricks being “cooked” up for the 2017 season of Dark Harbor. In celebration, fans are invited to mingle with Dark Harbor’s cast of ominous spirits at Sinister Circus, a new haunted summer costume ball aboard the Queen Mary on Saturday, July 29 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The creators behind Queen Mary’s infamous Dark Harbor dare you to step right up for a wicked after-hours celebration at the first-ever Sinister Circus. Following a day of ghoulish fun at Long Beach’s Midsummer Scream, experience the one-of-a-kind summer costume ball at the most iconic paranormal activity location in the world – The Queen Mary.  Dance under the stars, dress in your best costume for a chance to win cash prizes, and mingle with your favorite characters of Dark Harbor. Celebrate Halloween in July aboard the Queen Mary and get a sneak-peak of some of the terrifying new tales brewing for the coming Dark Harbor season. 

Dark Harbor brings some of the true haunted tales of The Queen Mary to life. Named one of the top 10 most haunted places on Earth by Time Magazine, The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor offers the most authentically frightening experience available. The annual event begins September 28 and continues to scare those who dare on select nights through November 1. Tickets to Dark Harbor will be available online beginning Saturday, July 1. General admission ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. For a limited time, Dark Harbor is offering a 40% discount on tickets for select nights, while supplies last. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.


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The Queen Mary’s Ships & Giggles Comedy Night Continues with MTV’s Girl Code Comedian Esther Ku July 10


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The Queen Mary’s Ships & Giggles Comedy Night Continues with MTV’s Girl Code Comedian Esther Ku July 10

Hosted by Rocco Stowe and Featuring Southern California’s Top Comedians Including Esther Ku, Dave Williamson, Forrest Shaw, Scott Silverman, and Brian Moses.

<Esther Ku, known for MTV’s Girl Code and MTV’s Wild ‘N Out





The Queen Mary’s Ships & Giggles Comedy Night returns to The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge on Monday, July 10. Laugh the Monday ‘blues’ away with cocktails and great company with some of Southern California’s funniest comedians. Hosted by world-renowned comic, Rocco Stowe, July’s showcase features top comedians including Brian Moses, Scott Silverman, Forrest Shaw, Dave Williamson, and Esther Ku.

Headlining the July 10 Ships & Giggles Comedy Night is international touring stand-up comedian Esther Ku. Known for her appearances on NBC's Last Comic Standing, MTV's Girl Code, and Nick Cannon's Wild ‘N Out, Ku currently travels the world entertaining audiences with her bratty charm and infamous maniacal laugh.

Dave Williamson has opened for well-known comics such as Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black, and Jimmy Fallon. Williamson won entry into the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival by placing 3rd in the New York competition, beating out 80 other comics and made his National TV Stand Up debut on NickMom Night Out.

Forrest Shaw, who made his television debut on Conan in 2014, is a marine biologist turned stand-up comedian and delivers his shtick with an intriguingly unique perspective on life. Shaw is also a co-writer and lead actor of the award-winning web series Labor Days.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Scott Silverman, has opened sold-out tours for Margaret Cho and appeared on several television shows, including Comedy Central’s Out There 2 and A&E’s An Evening at The Improv.


Brian Moses regularly performs at The Comedy Store, was a finalist in Orange County’s Funniest Person Competition and has opened for several star comedians including Cheech & Chong, Sarah Silverman, and Bill Burr.

WHEN:
Monday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
Happy Hour, 5 – 7p.m.

WHERE:
The Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:
Admission is $15 per person and $5 of the admission value can be used at the Observation Bar and Queen Mary restaurants during the comedy showcase.

PARKING:
Parking is $8 with validation.

PURCHASE TICKETS AND INFORMATION:




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6/20/2017

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S - PIER TO PIER THIS FALL


The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s Beach Cities.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s – the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Participants will walk from Hermosa Beach to Manhattan Beach and back.
Saturday, September 30
8 am Registration
9 am Ceremony
9:30 am Walk to End Alzheimer’s Beach Cities Begins 

REGISTER: alz.org/socal
Sign up to start a team, join a team, or to walk as an individual

MORE INFO FOR PARTICIPANTS: Megan Geist/323.394.1563 or mgeist@alz.org

ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CALIFORNIA SOUTHLAND: 
The Alzheimer's Association California Southland Chapter provides free, local programs and care consultations and supports critical research. Please call 323.309.8821 or visit alz.org/socal to find resources in your area and to find out additional ways to become involved in the fight Alzheimer's.
 The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's®. Visit www.alz.org or call 800.272.3900.



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NeoCell - Natural supplements for skin care, health & wellness



Super Ceramides is a nutricosmetic solution scientifically formulated for healthy skin hydration. This unique blend of beauty-enhancing nutrients promotes skin hydration, elasticity and cellular turnover for glowing, supple skin. The star ingredient of this formula is rapid action ceramides. Ceramides are plant-based lipids clinically shown to increase moisture and elasticity in just 15 days. Additional beauty-enhancing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, pine bark, astaxanthin, lutein and coconut water make this the ultimate skin hydration supplement. Super Ceramides works synergistically with NeoCell's Super Collagen C formula. As with all NeoCell products, Super Ceramides is both non-GMO and gluten free.
Day One

Having beautiful and radiant skin has never been so easy- or so delicious. NeoCell Biotin Bursts deliver high absorption beauty nutrients in
delectable, gourmet soft chews.


Biotin, an important B-vitamin, promotes healthy hair, skin and nails as well as energy support. This high potency formula supports the metabolism of proteins in the body creating natural energy, luxurious hair, resilient nails and vibrant skin. NeoCell Biotin Beauty Bursts are designed to nourish your body from the inside out.



In the spirit of full disclosure, I received product samples to facilitate my review. 
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6/13/2017

Max freeze away the pain with Zim's


Zim's Max-Freeze Gel


May effectively help relieve pain from:
Sore Muscles & Muscle Sprains
Back, Shoulder, Neck Pain
Painful Ankle, Knee, Hip & Elbow Joints
Muscular Strains


Cali Julz says...
Now as I am getting up there in years, I have had some recurring pain in my rotator cuff injury I had when I was in my 20's. It seems at times nothing will help sooth the ache.
And when Zim's offered to send the Max Freeze, I was more than happy to try it out. As you can see above in the first image, you really don't need that much for pain relief. Cooling on contact and sinks into my skin quickly! Now about the scent, yes, it does have one, like most gels like this BUT it fades soon after application and to be honest, I kinda like the little scent it does have, makes me feel like it's penetrating deep in my muscles!


Greaseless, vanishing scent formula. Organic ilex & aloe, arnica, vitamin e and tea tree oil. 


Now Paraben & Sulfate Free!

So go pain free with Zim's Max Freeze

Retails for about $9.99 for a 4oz tube.




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6/12/2017

Togo's sandwiches ~ Best Turkey Ever!


Summer to me is grabbing a hearty sandwich, refreshing beverage and heading out for fun in the sun! Being Italian I tend to gravitate towards cold cuts and cheese mixed with some veggies. I took my daughter and we headed to our local shop, we had a great in store experience as we watched the nice young lady create our one of a kind sandwich with tons of fresh ingredients!! The staff were all so friendly and made us feel welcome.
The Togo's classic #3 Turkey & Cheese and #24 Turkey & Avocado now have better quality turkey, more of it and better placement on sandwich. 

The oven roasted, deli-style turkey breast is hand-sliced daily and now piled even higher with a quarter pound of turkey.


I ordered the Turkey & Avocado, and whoa, I was impressed by not only the quality of the ingredients but the portion 😋

Two heaping scoops of Avocado
smeared on top of all that oven roasted turkey goodness!! I added tomato and a couple other veggies to complete my sandwich.



Let's hear from you!! Have you tried either of these sandwiches before? 
Can you spot the difference from the last time to now?!


About Togo’s Eateries, LLC
Togo's was founded in 1971 by a young college student with a large appetite and little money looking to make sandwiches the way he liked them — big, fresh and meaty. Keeping in the spirit of the original, Togo's products are still made with only the highest quality ingredients; including fresh Artisan breads, hand-sliced premium pastrami, turkey and roast beef, as well as Hass avocados hand-mashed in restaurant every day.
With nearly 300 locations open and under development throughout the West, Togo's is a franchise-based business that offers a terrific opportunity for those people that would like to own their own business.For more information visit www.togos.com.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I visited Togo's to facilitate my review and will receive a promotional item to thank me for my participation. This post may contain affiliate linking.

6/06/2017

Yogurtland Shares Summer Joy With Newest Scratch-made Delicious Flavors




New Summer Spoons Highlight 
Watermelon Sorbet and Mud Pie Flavors


This summer, yogurt lovers can pack up their picnic baskets and head to Yogurtland to enjoy five new scratch-made flavors that are reminiscent of family outings and warm summer nights.

These new promotional flavors, available from June 5 to August 6, explore the tastes of summer and are inspired by summer experiences, and the fresh fruits and desserts that are associated with them. These new flavors join Yogurtland’s more than 200 other handcrafted, gourmet flavors that are made at Yogurtland’s very own dairy with mastery and care, and with one thing in mind - delighting guests to the last spoonful.

“Our fans visit Yogurtland to enjoy and celebrate life’s special moments. The personalized experience lets fans craft their ultimate treat and choose the flavors and toppings they are craving. We are especially excited to introduce Watermelon Sorbet, a flavor our fans have been craving for some time,” said Chad Bailey, senior director of marketing and R&D, Yogurtland.

Yogurtland is also introducing two new collectible spoons, one featuring a red watermelon wedge and the other a slice of mud pie. Yogurtland is collaborating with the Watermelon Board to highlight the use of the juice of U.S-grown watermelons in this along-awaited flavor. To top off these delicious flavors, Yogurtland is introducing gummi butterflies as the perfect topping.

The five mouth-watering flavors are:


Home Grown Watermelon Sorbet – Starting June 5, this delicious sorbet will have Yogurtland lovers quenching summer heat with the season’s favorite fruit. Combining everything there is to love about watermelon, sweet, fresh, and fruity, this flavor offers a refreshing experience on a hot summer day.

Sun Kissed Strawberry Shortcake Inspired by summer’s favorite dessert, this flavor blends the deliciousness of real California strawberries with real sweet shortbread cookie and is available starting June 5. In each spoonful, the fruity, juicy strawberry taste is followed by notes of cake and whipped cream for a complete dessert sensation.
Sweet n’ Smooth Peaches and Cream Gelato- Available starting June 19, this combination of fruity tartness and creamy gelato makes for the perfect summer treat.  Inspired by some of the delicious treats individuals crave on a summer day, this flavor fills each spoonful with real Freestone peach taste.

Starting July 3:

Larger Than Life Mud Pie – chocolate fanatics rejoice, this ‘larger than life’ flavor layers rich chocolate, tasty coffee, and delectable chocolate cookies. The perfect balance of each layer comes through to create a decadent mud pie taste for all to enjoy.

Picnic Favorite Apricot Mango TartNo picnic is complete without juicy summer fruits. The subtle balance between sweet and tart, this flavor combines two fruit favorites, sweet apricots and juicy mangos. This delicious flavor is available starting July 17.

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually seeking craveable flavors that keep fans loving their experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy and by controlling the frozen yogurt making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

All of Yogurtland’s flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

Presently Yogurtland has more than 330 locations across the U.S., Australia, Guam, Singapore, Thailand, Venezuela and Dubai. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.



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6/05/2017

Urban Commons Presents $10,000 to Mayor’s Fund of Education and The WomenShelter of Long Beach Aboard the Queen Mary

From left to right: 2nd District Councilwoman, Jeannine Pearce; Mayor of Long Beach, Dr. Robert Garcia; and Urban Commons Chief Development Officer, Dan Zaharoni.


On Thursday, June 1, Urban Commons hosted a special celebration aboard the majestic Queen Mary to present $10,000 in contributions to the Mayor’s Fund of Education and The WomenShelter of Long Beach.

At the event, the Mayor of Long Beach, Dr. Robert Garcia, and 2nd District Councilwoman, Jeannine Pearce, together presented a $5,000 check to each local Long Beach non-profit organization. The donations were made on behalf of Urban Commons.

“We are so grateful for Urban Commons’ continued dedication and commitment to the Long Beach community and this historical landmark,” praised Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “Tonight’s contributions will have a tremendous impact on the city of Long Beach and its future. We appreciate the contributions made to the Mayor's Fund for Education and The WomenShelter of Long Beach to further their missions and goals.”

Urban Commons is currently working to restore the legendary Queen Mary to her glory days and is enhancing the historical ship to be a dynamic entertainment destination unlike any other.

“We are so honored to welcome Mayor Robert Garcia and Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce aboard the ship this evening as we toast to the future of the Queen Mary and recognize two charitable organizations that are near and dear to their hearts,” said Dan Zaharoni, Urban Commons Chief Development Officer. “Without the unwavering support and dedication of Mayor Garcia and Councilwoman Pearce to this beloved ocean liner and what she means to the city, none of this would be possible. We are excited to honor them and the missions of these organizations this evening.”

During the celebratory reception guests toasted to the legendary ocean liner and enjoyed a live performance by pianist Dwight Rivera.



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