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Snyder’s of Hanover Peanut-Free Pretzel Giveaway

Snyder's of Hanover pretzels are now made in a peanut-free facility

This is a sponsored post.  Packing school lunches can be stressful when your child has a peanut allergy. Synder’s of Hanover has made it easier for families with kids that need peanut-free lunches; Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels are now peanut-free! Even though most of Synder’s of Hanover’s products did not contain nuts, the company wanted to take the extra step and make all their bakeries in Hanover, Pennsylvania peanut-free facilities. Approximately 3 ... Read More »

Tuck Room Tavern: Star-Studded Grand Opening

tasty BBQ ribs and coleslaw at Tuck Room Tavern Westwood

Getting to sample some of the menu from the new restaurant Tuck Room Tavern was a wonderful experience, and getting to meet the woman who created it was even better. Sherry Yard, famous for her years as pastry chef and partner to Wolfgang Puck, is a lovely, down-to-earth person, with an easy smile and warm, open nature that makes you feel welcome. The design of Tuck Room Tavern is also ... Read More »

Where To Celebrate National Hot Dog Month In And Around Los Angeles


Fourth of July and hot dogs. They seem to go hand-in-hand. As a result, July has been designated National Hot Dog Month. Here’s a list of eateries where you can find some of the best hot dogs in and around Los Angeles. Dodger Dogs Dodger Stadium 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 There are some that attend Dodger games as much for the Dodgers as for the chance ... Read More »

Easy Ice Cream Dessert Idea for 4th of July

Easy Red, white & Blue Ice Cream

This is an easy dessert idea for 4th of July, or for any day you’d like to eat semi-homemade ice cream! I’ve made a fun, festive ice cream dessert for my family’s 4th of July BBQ that involves simply two half-gallons of vanilla ice cream, two cups of fresh strawberries and two cups of fresh blueberries. And it’s super easy! Start with one half-gallon of vanilla ice cream and let ... Read More »

Happy 85th Birthday Farmer John!


Farmer John is turning 85 and they celebrated by showcasing some terrific recipes using their products at Perch in Downtown Los Angeles. The rooftop lounge at Perch was a spectacular setting to show off the menu, created by Executive Chef Gerardo Benitez. We sampled Applewood bacon wrapped scallops, dry-spiced baby back ribs, an all-natural bacon cone, pork loin + pineapple + peach skewers, ham steak & white cheddar sandwiches, pork ... Read More »

Buca di Beppo Now Open at The Farmers’ Market Los Angeles

Pope table at Buca di Beppo Farmers market

Buca di Beppo is now open at the historic Farmers Market in Los Angeles, and my family recently got to check it out. Buca di Beppo is practically made for families, with large portions, served family-style, and so many decorations all over the walls you will never run out of eye-spy material. The new location at the Farmers’ Market is ideal since it’s situated right next to the Grove and ... Read More »

Yummy Spoonfuls Launches at Target Stores June 12th

Camila Alves McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Agatha Achindu at Yummy Spoonfuls launch party

Yummy Spoonfuls, co-founded by moms and entrepreneurs Camila Alves McConaughey and Agatha Achindu, was celebrated at a celebrity-studded party in Bel-Air, with appetizers inspired by (and using) some of the 31 organic, flash-frozen baby and toddler foods in the line. Yummy Spoonfuls was inspired by the McConaughey’s and Achindu’s own childhoods eating fresh and organic foods grown in their native countries, Brazil and Cameroon. Yummy Spoonfuls meals are designed in ... Read More »

Where To Celebrate National Iced Tea Day in Los Angeles


June 10 — it’s the last day of school for Los Angeles Unified School District students, and it’s also National Iced Tea Day. What a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of summer vacation. Here’s a list of where you can find the best iced teas around Los Angeles. T (Tea Shoppe) Farmers Market 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036 At the historic Farmers Market, make sure to stop ... Read More »

Islands Family Dining

Islands family dining salad with burger in background

My family loves to eat at Islands because we can all get exactly what we want and still be sitting at the same table. And it’s been that way for years. We recently were treated to dinner at the Islands in Marina del Rey, which is where a friend of the family works, and we had a terrific meal and a terrific time. We saw people we knew, tried a ... Read More »

Where to Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day

Where to celebrate National chocolate chip cookie day. (photo by Yvonne Condes)

Maybe it’s a reward for surviving Tax Day last month. But, for whatever the reason, May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Day. Here is a list of places that can help you “celebrate.” Cookies: Barnes and Noble Cafe The Grove 189 The Grove Dr. K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036 It’s called the “Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie” for a reason. This large cookie includes three different types of chocolate — ... Read More »