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Gluten-Free Banana Bread Baked in Rice Cooker

gluten-free Banana-Bread-Rice-Cooker-Yvonne-Condes

I’ve never owned a rice cooker before and never really wanted to until I found out you could bake a cake in one. Panasonic has a microcomputer Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker with a cake setting. I was more than skeptical, but had to try it. Sarah was given the rice cooker for review, but I asked to borrow it to try out the feature. I made a gluten-free banana bread and ... Read More »

Plan Check: New Kids’ Menu + Just Terrific Food

fried chicken with okra

Plan Check, a local restaurant chain opening their 3rd & 4th outlets soon in Downtown LA and Pasadena, has just launched their new Kids’ Menu to much fanfare – and it’s worth all the hype. This food is terrific, whether it was intended for kids or not. The kids’ menu is not a collection of food items parents would never eat. No, this is a re-working of their Adult Menu ... Read More »

GODIVA Summer Giveaway


MomsLA is celebrating summer by helping you “Go on a Date with GODIVA.” We’re giving away 10 $25 GODIVA gift cards and all you have to do to enter to win is tell us “What was your most memorable summer fling?” (Make sure and let us know that you did in the Rafflecopter below.)   My most memorable summer fling was during my first trip to New York. That fling led to ... Read More »

Gluten-Free at Dodger Stadium


There is nothing like a Dodger Dog and a cold beer on a hot summer day. But if you’re gluten-free you might wonder where to find something you can eat. My husband and I spent an evening with Dodger Stadium Executive Chef Jason Tingley to find the spots around the stadium with gluten-free options. My husband has Celiac Disease and I’m mostly gluten-free. Dodger Dog on a Gluten-Free Bun There are ... Read More »

Door Dash Review + Discount Code

Door Dash Delivery

Most days I have a dinner plan in place and the weekly grocery shopping has been done so the supplies are in the pantry. But some days, that just doesn’t happen. Some days the boys and I are in the middle of doing things and no one wants to stop and those days we get take-out dinner. Most places we order from are pretty standard take-out food joints, but I ... Read More »

Roasted Zucchini and Red Peppers

roasted zucchini and ingredients collage

Summer means an abundance of Zucchini and that means we are always looking for new things to do with the bounty. If you find your home garden overflowing or if your neighbors drop off a bunch, which is what happened to me, give this super easy and super tasty “recipe” a try. The bonus is that the resulting mixture can be eaten many ways: as a main dish for Meatless ... Read More »

La Boulange Restaurant Opens in Los Angeles

White Sangria at La Boulange Los Angeles

La Boulange Restaurant has opened their first location in Los Angeles, adding to their 22-spot empire in San Francisco, but changing up the concept just a little bit: here in LA, they’ll have an “All-Day” policy, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as full bar offerings, from 7am – 10pm, seven days a week. The setting, at 359 S. La Brea Avenue, is quite beautiful, with sky-high ceilings and unique ... Read More »

Blaze Pizza Review

Blaze Pizza

Fast, tasty and affordable food that my kids will eat. That about sums up Blaze Pizza, where I recently ate dinner with my kids. If you haven’t tried it, I can absolutely recommend it, especially for an easy weeknight dinner after practice – and so can my guys. If you’ve never been there, the way it works is you walk through their assembly line choosing what kind of crust and ... Read More »

Teavana Tea Bar Now Open in Beverly Hills

Teavana Tea Bar Beverly Hills #BeverteaHills

Teavana’s newest Tea Bar has opened in Beverly Hills. One of only 4 such Tea Bar locations in the United States so far, the Beverly Hills location is right at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvds, perfectly placed for maximum exposure. Teavana’s Tea Bars have barista stations like their counterpart Starbucks (actually their corporate parent company), complete with food service, but their menu is more tea-centric. It’s beautifully ... Read More »

Date Night at Gaucho Grill in Brentwood


Date nights are pretty rare here at MomsLA, but recently Sarah and I went on a double date to Gaucho Grill in Brentwood to try out its “retooled” menu that includes more authentic Argentinean dishes. We started by toasting our night out with glasses of red and white sangria. Then we were served appetizers of grilled argentine sausages, fried calamari, sautéed mushrooms, and my favorite – the Proveleta, which is ... Read More »