Luna Grill Huntington Beach Grand Opening

Luna Grill offers healthy and delicious Mediterranean food in Southern California. They specialize in great gyros and mouthwatering meat kabobs.  Everything on the menu is freshly made and delicious.

Their creamy hummus is served with warm pita slices…

Luna Grill Hummus

Their salads are light and fresh and full of flavor…

Luna Grill Salad

Their wraps are packed full of tender meat…

Luna Grill Wrap

Speaking of meat. They’ve got pretty much any kind you want.

Luna Grill Meat

The new Huntington Beach location openend up its doors a few weeks ago, but will be having their grand opening celebration this Saturday at 11 AM! Anyone is welcome to come by and join the fun. There will be samples of some of their great menu items, raffles, music, and lots of kid-friendly fun as well. The new location is at 7511 Edinger Avenue, in Huntington Beach, CA. Check out the flyer below for more information!

Luna Grill Huntington Beach

 

 

Soul Food Has Come To South Orange County – And It’s All You Can Eat

Celebrity Soul Food is now serving up heaping helpings of favorite Soul Food dishes in Lake Forest, California. On July 14th, 2014 they opened their doors to a bunch of very hungry Orange County residents. Mayor Dwight Robinson, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and other Lake Forest City officials came out to support the grand opening and be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony.

CSF Ribbon Cutting

There were some real celebrities in attendance too. Bishop Donnie Williams, Karate Grandmaster and Co-founder of the Black Karate Federation showed up for some good eats. He enjoyed them in the Donnie Williams Hall of Champions Banquet Room, which was dedicated to him at the grand opening celebration.

Bishop Donnie Williams

Donnie Williams Hall of Champions

The folks behind this restaurant have a long history of making good-tasting food, starting with the tried and true family recipes passed down by the owner’s grandmother. They pride themselves on making every dish from scratch, and you can tell when you taste it. The owners of Celebrity Soul Food have been catering to famous folks for years, but to them every single customer is a star. And they’ll treat you like one. From a single lunch guest to a big party in one of banquet rooms, the friendly staff will give make sure each guest has a great experience.

CSF Hollywood Room

Celebrity Soul Food is a buffet-style eatery. With three hot bars and one cold bar they have a wide variety of dishes to choose from. If you’re in a hurry, they have take-out available – you can order different dishes À la carte, or you can fill up a container from the buffet and pay by the pound.

CSF Buffet Bar

The amazing owners, staff, and team of chefs are happy to do more than just fill up the buffet. If you have special requests or dietary restrictions, they will do their very best to accommodate you. Just call ahead at (844) 628-3492, and let them know what you need. How many buffet restaurants give you that kind of service? This is just one of the many ways that Celebrity Soul Food Buffet excels.

CSF Chefs

The dishes served at Celebrity Soul Food are thoughtfully crafted and taste excellent. Both the hot and cold items offer a great variety of Southern delicacies. Each day they have a different specialty, which you can find on their menu. But no matter what day you go in you’ll find an amazing array of tasty items.

Like sweet and delicious cornbread muffins…

CSF Cornbread Muffins

Crispy fried chicken and cheesy broccoli casserole…

CSF Fried Chicken

Fried okra with a kick and gooey mac and cheese…

CSF Fried Okra

Tender greens, perfectly seasoned…

CSF Greens

Melt in your mouth slow cooked pulled pork…

CSF Pulled Pork

Fresh salad bar items…

CSF Salad Bar

And even a waffle station to take your meal to the next level!

CSF Waffles

Hungry yet? Celebrity Soul Food is located at 24416 Muirlands Boulevard in Lake Forest, CA. They’ll be waiting for you with a smile!

CSF Hot Buffet

 

Summer Promotions from the Orange County Transportation Authority

There’s plenty of Summer left for Orange County residents, and the Orange County Transportation Authority has some great promotions and activities going on to make these long days a little more fun. From treasure hunting adventures to express routes to your favorite family activities, OCTA has you covered.

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Free Rides on the Angels Express for Kids In July, kids ages 18 and younger can ride the Angels Express train free to any 7:05 p.m. games.  Valid for Monday-Thursday games, it’s a great way to get to the games without having to deal with rush hour traffic. During the rest of the season, children under 5 are free with a paying adult.

OC Fair Express Bus and Characters

The OC Fair Express is a direct bus service to the fair from eight locations, including: San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Hills, Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim and Huntington Beach. It’s only $2 each way, and everyone who rides gets a coupon for $3 fair admission. That’s up to $9 off the regular price if you’re doing the math! Skip the traffic and the parking lot commotion and have a great time with your family.

General Metrolink Photo

Metrolink Treasures is a website dedicated to taking day trips in Orange County and beyond via the train. Choose from one of the seven Orange County stations and find great places to check out nearby. It’s perfect for planning a little staycation. Now through August, participants can win great prizes, in the weekly prize drawings and photo contest. There will even be a grand prize Disney package!

For more exciting offer from the Orange County Transportation Authority, check out their promotions page. You can also keep updated with the OC Metrolink and OCTA Bus Facebook pages.

Two Penguin Chicks Hatch at the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the birth of two Magellanic penguin chicks!

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These two cuties were born to first-time parents Patsy and Noodles, and Kate and Avery.

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The penguin chicks are currently being cared for by their parents in their nest burrows in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat and are not viewable by the public yet. They expect the chicks will leave their nests and join the other birds in the main areas of the penguin habitat later this summer.

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For more information about Magellanic Penguins, check out the June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific, or read about it on their website.

You can also help support the penguins at the Aquarium of the Pacific through the Adopt an Animal program. Adoptions start at $25 and include various benefits such as a photo of your adopted animal, adoption certificate, invitations to special events, and more. Adopt an Animal is one of the many giving programs at the Aquarium of the Pacific, which is a nonprofit institution that recently earned a 4-out-of-4 score from Charity Navigator for financial health, accountability, and transparency.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. For ticket information click here.

Photos Courtesy of Robin Riggs.

“An Evening in Brazil” Family Jam at the LA Zoo

Family Jam at the LA Zoo is a new evening event for Southern California families featuring live music, dancing, zookeeper visits, food trucks and other great family fun. The event is sponsored by the hit animated feature film RIO 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and the theme is “An Evening in Brazil.”  The celebration provides a rare opportunity for after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits as well as authentic Brazilian flavors and music to transport guests into an evening of fun.

Family Jam at the LA Zoo

Family Jam at the LA Zoo takes place on Saturday, July 12, 2014,  from 6 to 9 pm, at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The party will feature samba music and dancing by Brazilian Samba Angels as well as music by Close Encounters, a live karaoke band that invites Zoo guests to perform favorite songs karaoke-style accompanied by the band.

Family Jam at the LA Zoo Brazilian Dancer

RIO 2, available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on July 15, brings Brazilian fun and activities to the Zoo with crafts for kids, an interactive photo booth, special prizes, giveaways and more. Costumed characters will help families dance the night away while they have fun and learn new things on an educational scavenger hunt with “clues” to visit select areas throughout the Zoo. Guests will discover fun facts about animals, and special RIO 2 prizes will be given to those who complete the scavenger hunt.

RIO 2 Movie

Also included in the evening are keeper talks and animal encounters in some of the popular exhibits, including the new “Rainforest of the Americas.” As guests stroll the grounds to visit exhibits of endangered, rare and exotic animals in the Zoo collection, they’re offered a unique opportunity to see some of the Zoo’s animals at night, many of whom are more active during later hours.

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No one will be going hungry with all of the popular food trucks that will be at the scene, including  Ta Bom (Brazilian cuisine), Vchos (Central American tapas), Dogtown Dogs (hot dogs and tater tots), The Pudding Truck (homemade stove-top puddings;), The Melt (grilled cheese sandwiches), Tornado Potato (spiral-cut potatoes), and Patty Wagon Burgers (sliders). Brazilian-inspired beverages, the Zoo’s famous churros, and frozen Sweet Treats will also be available for kids and adults.

Ticket Information:

$19.00 per Adult Non-Member (13 and older)
$14.00 per Child Non-member (2-12)
$16.00 per Adult Member (13 and older)
$13.00 per Child Member (Ages 2-12)
Children under 2 are free.

To purchase tickets, visit www.lazoo.org/familyjam/.

For additional information, call (323) 644-6042 or go to  www.lazoo.org.

 

Victoria Skimboards Returns To Aliso Beach With “The Vic”

Victoria Skimboards returns to Southern California with The VIC, previously known as the Victoria World Championship of Skimboarding (WCS). The VIC is the longest-running skimboard contest on the professional circuit and the only that offers a live broadcast of the competition for audiences to experience from all around the globe. The event will take place at Aliso Beach Park in Laguna Beach on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

The VIC Laguna Beach

 

This year marks the 38th year of the annual championship event. According to founder of Victoria Skimboards, Tex Haines, “The contest has the broadest global appeal of any other competitive skimboarding event on the pro circuit. We are taking the action from the local beach, and catapulting it to viewers worldwide.”

Riders from countries around the world, including Japan, Chile, Australia, Portugal, the Philippines, Spain and Mexico will be battling for the skimboard industry title of “World’s Best.” From barrel rides to aerial tricks to technical challenges, all of the top tricks and skills will be showcased at the contest.

The VIC will take place on June 28-29, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m at Aliso Beach Park, 31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92652. Admission to the event is free, but there is a fee for parking. ($1/hour per vehicle.) Contact (949) 923-2280 or go to www.thevic.victoriaskimboards.com for more information.

Brew Ha Ha Productions Presents “Brew Hee Haw” at OC Fair

Brew Ha Ha Productions, creators of the most award winning craft beer festivals in Orange County, and the OC Fair, voted best fair in Southern California, have teamed up to bring fair-goers an exciting new craft brew experience. The Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup, will be held opening weekend of the 2014 OC Fair. The inaugural event will offer both day and evening tasting sessions with over 60 regional craft brews to sample including Southern California Pale Ales, IPA’s, Stouts, Saisons, Hefeweizens, and more.

Brew Hee Haw at OC Fair 2014

Tickets for the Brew Hee Haw Craft Beer Roundup are currently available for pre-order. Choose from a day or an evening session. Tickets are $50 for each 4-hour session, and they include 15 tastings, a commemorative glass, all event activities, and all day admission to the OC Fair. Get your tickets here, before the price goes up to $55.  Before or after your session you can enjoy all of the fun offered at the OC Fair.

OC Fair

Brewers, owners and other craft beer celebrities will be in attendance. In addition to a line up of incredible presentations, industry experts will be available to talk to everyone from ‘beer geeks’ to craft beer novices about the interesting and delicious world of craft beer. The lineup of presenters includes two local certified Cicerones (like a ‘Sommelier’ for wine) who will share their expertise and recommendations.

The only thing that could make a Craft Beer event better is awesome food. Once you’ve finished your tastings, you can get your fill of deep-fried delights from the various vendors at the OC Fair. It’s guaranteed to be a great time!

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