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Del Real Foods Review and Giveaway


Coming up with dinner to feed to my two boys night after night is the bane of my motherly existence. Especially when we have other kids over. They all ask for dinner like they’ve  arrived at the world’s most boring restaurant – plain pasta, bean burrito without cheese, meat or spices, and white rice. Lately, if I cook an elaborate dinner, they won’t eat it. But they all do love good ... Read More »

Dating My Husband While Exploring Los Angeles – Part 2


This is Part 2 of “Dating my Husband.” Part 1 appeared last Tuesday. My husband and I were at the halfway point of #DateWeek2014, the week when my two boys went to their grandparents, and we could do whatever we wanted. We love food and exploring Los Angeles, but don’t have a regular babysitter so we used that week to try as many new restaurants as possible. In last week’s post, I talked ... Read More »

Back to School Snack Ideas and Recipe


Back in May, I made significant changes to the way I was feeding my boys. I stopped filling their lunch boxes with high sugar granola bars (I didn’t realize they had so much sugar) and other processed foods. Then school ended and it was a bit of a free-for all on the days they weren’t at camp this summer. Now that my kids are back to school, we’re back to eating ... Read More »

Dating My Husband While Exploring Los Angeles – Part 1


For the third year in a row, my husband and I celebrated date week. It’s the week that our kids went to their grandparents so we went out every night. We don’t have a regular babysitter and we’re not the best planners so we don’t go out often. This was our chance and scoured all parts of Los Angeles including Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, and West LA. Date ... Read More »

Wilton Candy Melts and Candy Melting Pot


Way back when I was a starving newspaper reporter, I decided to make my family their Christmas presents instead of buying them. I bought Wilton candy molds and Candy Melts® and made everyone homemade candy. I melted the candy on the stove, burned some of it, and spooned what I could into the molds. Then I packed it all in pretty boxes and shipped the candy across the United States. It was great ... Read More »

New: Trufflelata & Ice Cream at Godiva #GodivaSummer


Godiva’s got some tasty new treats just in time for a “Summer Fling” with chocolate. The new Godiva milkshake, called a Trufflelata, contains one of their signature truffles, and brand new as of this Summer: they’ve got soft-serve ice cream, too. Yvonne and I grabbed a couple of gal pals and headed out for a Summer evening away from the kids to taste chocolate and have fun. We tried all ... Read More »

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 »